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Report: Anthony Barr rejects Jets, set to return to Vikings

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12:55 P.M. UPDATE

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting Barr's deal with the Vikings to be for five years and $67.5 million, including $33 million guaranteed. Incentives could boost the total value of the agreement to $77.5 million. 

The Star Tribune's Ben Goessling reports that Minnesota has pitched a restructured contract to defensive end Everson Griffen to help clear cap space this year to pay for Barr, but it's unclear what the restructured deal is or if Griffen will be interested. 

Griffen is due a base salary of $10.9 million in 2019. 

NOON UPDATE

Anthony Barr is amidst a sensational u-turn, having reportedly rejected the offer from the New York Jets and intends to return to the Minnesota Vikings.

That's according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero and Mike Garofalo, who says the linebacker has had a change of heart having mulled the move since Monday.

What's more, the Vikings are set to lose backup running back Latavius Murray, who is set to agree a deal with the New Orleans Saints.

Tuesday 7:30 a.m.

Two of the Vikings' key defensive players from 2018 have found new teams. 

According to reports, outside linebacker Anthony Barr has agreed to terms on a contract with the New York Jets, and defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson will be signing with the Cleveland Browns. 

ESPN's Adam Schefter was the first to report both verbal agreements, which can be formally signed as contract when the NFL free agency period begins at 3 p.m. Wednesday. 

Barr's deal with the Jets apparently comes with some trust that he'll be used more as an edge rusher, something he wasn't asked to do very often in Minnesota. 

"My understanding is that Anthony Barr, an off-ball LB in Minnesota, will be used the way he was at UCLA, meaning more of an edge player," tweeted ESPN's Rich Cimini

Barr went to the Pro Bowl four times in Mike Zimmer's defense, but he'll likely rack up more sacks with the Jets. 

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The loss of Richardson, who signed a one-year deal with the Vikings a year ago, will be absorbed by the signing of defensive tackle Shamar Stephen. ESPN's Dan Graziano reports that Stephen will sign a three-year deal. 

Minnesota drafted Stephen in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He played four seasons with the Vikings before signing with the Seahawks in 2018. 

Vikings radio play-by-play announcer Paul Allen believes Stephen will immediately improve Minnesota's rush defense. 

The Vikings also released right guard Mike Remmers and terminated the contract of safety Andrew Sendejo on Monday, so the last 24 hours have formalized the reality that general manager Rick Spielman has to find at least four new starters at key positions. 

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