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The Dallas Cowboys have signed former Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr to a one-year contract, per Nick Eatman of DallasCowboys.com.
In accordance with ESPN’s Todd Archer, the offer is for $2 million but can max out at $3 million.
NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo initially reported the news headlines of a deal.
Barr have been on the Cowboys’ radar through the entire offseason because the franchise considered most of its choices for depth at the linebacker position.
Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones said the other day that Barr was still a choice for the franchise despite training camp having already begun, in accordance with Clarence E. Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Jones added that the team wished to get yourself a good look at second-year linebacker Jabril Cox and another linebackers getting involved in training camp before deciding on whether to sign Barr.
The Cowboys have been searching for depth at the linebacker position because of the injury histories of Leighton Vander Esch, who has missed amount of time in days gone by with neck, knee, ankle and groin ailments, and Cox, who suffered a season-ending torn ACL in 2021.
Along with Barr, the Cowboys also considered signing Takk McKinley, who met with owner Jerry Jones on July 30. However, McKinley is dealing with an Achilles injury he suffered last season, while Barr is preparing to go.
Barr had spent the initial eight seasons of his career with the Vikings, earning four straight Pro Bowl selections with the franchise from 2015-18. In 98 games, he posted five interceptions, 31 pass breakups, eight forced fumbles, seven fumble recoveries, 17.5 sacks and 495 tackles.
Last season, he appeared in 11 games, posting three interceptions, five pass breakups, two fumble recoveries, 2.5 sacks and 72 tackles.
The 30-year-old can help complete a linebacker group in Dallas which includes Vander Esch, Cox, Micah Parsons, Luke Gifford, Devin Harper and Malik Jefferson.