As sports radio and the media continued to plot towards an ugly split between Anthony Barr and the Minnesota Vikings, it appears as if the Vikings and specifically coach Mike Zimmer had big hopes to bring him back to purple all along.
Just a few weeks ago the NFL held their annual Scouting Combine in Indianapolis and Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer sat down with Paul Allen, Paul Charchian and Ben Leber and had some interesting comments to share about Barr that might have tipped their hand back then that they were interested in retaining the LB.
Listen to this clip...
What do you hear there?
I hear a coach who is sentimental to his first pick, who is fond of the player on a personal level and who likes him on the field as well. He said it best at the end, they just needed to wait and see how the money fell. The Jets set the table and the Vikings sweetened the offer last night to sneak him right out from under the grasps of Gregg Williams and the Jets.