Vikings’ Pro Bowl linebacker Anthony Barr’s absence from OTAs certainly did not last long. While some suspected Barr was holding out for a new contract when he missed the opening of OTAs, Barr clarified that it was due to an insurance issue.
Barr’s rookie contract expires after the 2018 season. The Vikings picked up the fifth year option on his contract, but they have not come to terms on a further deal. It is true Barr hoped to get a deal done prior to OTAs. But his absence was not so much of a holdout as it was a logistical issue. Barr chose to get an injury insurance policy so as to protect himself during the final year of his contract. A delay in the process led to Barr’s absence.
“I was hoping to get something done before OTAs, but that didn’t happen,” Barr said. “I had to protect myself and get an injury insurance policy. It took like a week to get situated, so I got that, and now I’m good to go.”
Barr did not get into specifics when asked about the state of contract talks, but indicated that negotiations are taking place.
“My agent’s doing a great job. They’re having conversations. I don’t know too many details on that. My focus is here with the team.”
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