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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.


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.