The New York Jets made some minor moves earlier on Monday, including the signing of slot receiver Jamison Crowder from the Washington Redskins.
Though, with north of $80 million to spend in free agency, Jets fans were hoping for that big time splash.
They got that and a whole lot more Monday evening. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Jets will sign four-time Pro Bowl linebacker Anthony Barr away from the Minnesota Vikings.
Former Vikings’ LB Anthony Barr intends to sign with the NY Jets, per league source. Jets get a pass rusher.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 12, 2019
This is an absolutely huge get for general manager Mike Maccagnan. Barr, 26, has earned a Pro Bowl spot in Minnesota each of the past four seasons.
A former top-10 pick from UCLA, he recorded 55 tackles, eight tackles for loss, four quarterback hits and three sacks last season.
Barr has continued to grade out as one of the best pass-rushing 4-3 outside linebackers in the NFL. His market heading into free agency was purely as a pass rusher — something he did in a part-time role with the Vikings.
Given that Barr will now be doing his thing as a pure pass rusher in the Jets’ 3-4 scheme, we’re expecting big things from him.
The terms of the deal are not yet known.