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Vikings Sign Anthony Barr to Practice Squad


EAGAN, Minn. — Call it "Reunion Tuesday."

Anthony Barr is back with the Vikings.

The linebacker drafted by Minnesota in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft has signed to the Vikings practice squad, the team announced Tuesday.

Barr spent the first eight seasons of his career with Minnesota, making a difference on and off the field.

He started all 98 games he played for the Vikings, totaling 495 tackles (league stats), 39 tackles for loss, 44 quarterback hits, 17.5 sacks, five interceptions, 31 passes defensed, eight forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries. Barr garnered four consecutive selections to the Pro Bowl from 2015-18.

His most famous forced fumble and recovery resulted in his 27-yard touchdown in overtime at Tampa Bay for the first fumble-return overtime score in franchise history.

The California native established the Raise the Barr foundation and has invested in dreams, providing support for single-parent families.

Barr was named the 2021 Vikings Community Man of the Year, and he was selected as the team's Ed Block Courage Award winner that year.

In 2022 and up against the salary cap, the Vikings bid a fond farewell to Barr.

He wound up signing with Dallas and playing 14 games (10 starts) for the Cowboys. In his lone season there, he totaled 58 tackles, two tackles for loss, four quarterback hits, one sack, one pass defensed and two fumble recoveries.