Not so fast.
Barr's loyalty, wavering as it may have been, was rewarded to the tune of a five-year deal worth $67.5 million, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, with incentives potentially pushing the pay day to $77.5 million. Rapoport added that $33 million is guaranteed, as Vikings coach Mike Zimmer will retain one of the centerpieces to his defense.
Perhaps most importantly, the NFL calendar year's genesis does not come until Wednesday, so deals are not official until then, so nothing is set in stone -- as the Barr roller coaster is evidence of.
Dropping in as the sixth-ranked free agent by NFL.com, Barr was expected to sign with the Jets, with the hope of filling a pass-rushing void for Gang Green, who are also expected to sign former Ravens linebacker C.J. Mosley.
Barr has been exceptional in five professional seasons in the form of four consecutive Pro Bowl over the past four seasons for Minnesota.