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June 14, 2022; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports.

While former Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr racks up healthy humanitarian accomplishments, the 30-year-old remains a free agent.

Barr appeared to bid farewell to Vikings fans via Instagram at the end of the 2021 regular season, but he hasn’t signed with another team this offseason. As a result, Barr has been whispered in the rumor mills of the Arizona Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys and New York Jets.

Back in May, ESPN’s Bill Barnwell predicted Barr would eventually join the Cowboys, stating, “Barr and Leighton Vander Esch would each be leverage against the other’s injury history, and Cowboys senior defensive assistant George Edwards served as Barr’s defensive coordinator between 2014 and 2019. .”

In a similar article weeks after Barnwell’s article, ESPN linked Barr to the Cowboys again, this time through Matt Bowen, who explained Barr to the Cowboys, “While I don’t see any high-level impact capability with Barr at this stage of his career, he can be plotted in Quinn’s defense as a blitzer, and we know he has the ability to match/carry under into coverage.

Anthony Barr again linked to the NFC team
February 10, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA; Antoine Barrer. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY SportsFebruary 10, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA.

Now, Launderer’s report joined the fun, predicting Barr in Dallas in an article on landing points for the top remaining free agents in the league. Alex Kay from Launderer’s report said of Barr’s possible relationship with the Cowboys, “While recruiting a player like Barr, who has his own availability issues, can inject more risk into an already fragile linebacking corps. However, the potential for Barr’s return to form is worth the risk, especially if they can get the 30-year-old on the cheap.

Note: In the same article, Kay also predicted that the Vikings would sign center JC Tretter from the Cleveland Browns, a request from Vikings fans for about three months.

Barr would indeed play with the Cowboys linebacker corps along with supernaturals Micah Parsons and stable Leighton Vander Esch. And, according to the Vikings faithful, using Barr as a bigger pass thrower would have been a wise idea, so maybe Dallas could unlock those skills from Barr.

Mystery surrounds Barr’s free agency. When players were free to sign anywhere in March, Barr was theorized as a candidate to land somewhere. Alas, he did not, leading some Viking media personalities to question Barr’s injury prospects. Perhaps lingering injuries had caught up with the former Bruin.

December 20, 2021; Chicago, IL, USA; Minnesota Vikings outside linebacker Anthony Barr. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports.

Barr has often been the glue that held Mike Zimmer’s defense together in Minnesota, as evidenced in 2020 when the defense plunged into Hades without him. Since the start of 2020, Barr has missed 63% of all football games, confirming the theory that injuries have taken their toll.

He got a score of 62.9 of Focus on professional football and somehow intercepted three passes. If 2021 was a reasonable indicator, Barr can still play at a high level.

With the Vikings, Barr recorded four trips to the Pro Bowl, won two All-Pro honors and posted 495 total tackles, plus 17.5 sacks and five interceptions in eight seasons.

If he doesn’t retire and eventually sign with the Cowboys, he will face the Vikings on Nov. 20 at US Bank Stadium.


Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube channel, VikesNow. He host a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, airing every Wednesday with Raun Saw and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Guilty pleasures listed: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, “The Sopranos” and The Doors (the band).