Report: Vikings, Anthony Barr agree on restructured contract

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The Minnesota Vikings are still attempting to find new ways to clear as much cap space as possible ahead of the start of free agency on Wednesday. They were busy over the last two weeks with the releasing of Kyle Rudolph, Dan Bailey, and Riley Reiff, but Monday’s news was a little bit better for the Vikings’ roster. 

Despite several reports saying Anthony Barr wasn’t a candidate for a restructured deal, the two sides are finalizing a revised contract on Monday morning. 

The Vikings save almost $3 million while Barr will be able to hit the open market in 2022 instead of 2023. Many analysts believe that the salary cap will increase next season with the NFL hopeful to have full stadiums again in 2021, meaning free agents could be get the chance to land bigger paydays next offseason. 

This seems like a win-win restructure for both sides as the Vikings get one of their defensive leaders back in 2021 and Barr can try and find another big contract if he performs well in 2021.

Just a few weeks ago it seemed as if the Vikings were in salary cap jail, but they’ve now crawled their way back with a chance to land a few key additions in free agency. 

Chad Graff of The Athletic reported on Monday that the Vikings are expected to be players in free agency for at least two of the bigger names on the market. 

It was clear in 2020 that the team needed help at both guard and cornerback, so getting two veterans in the building could help the team in a big way.

It’ll be worth keeping an eye on as the week progresses to see if the Vikings have cleared enough cap space to gain interest from two of the top free agents at their respected positions. 

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