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Anthony Barr to sign with Jets in free agency

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The Jets are adding Anthony Barr to their defense according to Adam Schefter.

Unsurprisingly, the pricetag is large.

At this point I think there are more questions than answers with this move.

The biggest one is what Barr’s role will be. Nobody seems to be clear.

And:

The Jets have made it clear through back channels that they would like to sign Barr, according to sources. Gang Green envisions the four-time Pro Bowler as a WILL or Mike linebacker who would be a chess piece in new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams’ scheme. Barr would, in effect, have a role similar to the one that Jamie Collins, who is also a free agent after recently being cut by the Browns, had in the same scheme.

Although Barr, who will turn 27 next week, would not be a true edge rusher, the feeling on One Jets Drive is that he can be a quality pass rusher in pass-rushing situations. The bottom line is that the 6-5, 255-pound Barr would be an off-the-ball backer with a versatile skill set to do just about everything.

In the $14-15 million range, Barr would be one of the highest paid defensive players in the league. It might be difficult to justify that payday in a non-edge rushing role. On the other hand, he hasn’t been a full-time edge rusher since college so it isn’t clear how well he would convert.

What is clear is the Jets are taking a big swing on a very talented player. The upside is certainly there.