Anthony Barr hasn’t made a splash in the NFL’s 2022 free-agency period, but that could all be changing very soon.
The Dallas Cowboys could target the four-time Pro Bowler in free agency, according to one analyst. Brian Martin of Blogging the Boys compiled a list of the top three free agents the Cowboys should pursue and 30-year-old linebacker Anthony Barr was on it.
“Anthony Barr is a player who has been linked to the Cowboys already on numerous occasions,” says Martin. “With questionable depth outside of Micah Parsons and Leighton Vander Esch, Barr not only fills a need, but upgrades the position substantially. His ability to play against the run, drop in pass coverage, or rush the passer would make him yet another versatile chess piece for Dan Quinn to deploy in a multitude of ways.”
Bleacher Report’s Alex Carr also thinks the Cowboys will sign him before training camp opens up.
“It shouldn’t take long for Anthony Barr to find a home, especially since his skillset meshes so well with the Dallas Cowboys’ needs this offseason,” Carr wrote.
“When healthy, the 6’5″, 257-pound playmaker can line up and make an impact at several positions. The Cowboys would have the option to deploy him as an extra pass-rusher on the edge or in a more traditional linebacker role.”
Barr’s level of play is nowhere near where it was at its peak but he remains a respectable linebacker.
He’s spent the last eight seasons with the Minnesota Vikings. He finished the 2021 season with 72 total tackles (38 solo), 2.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries, three interceptions, and five passes defended. His three interceptions last season were a career-high.