Vikings’ Anthony Barr: ‘I’ll have my … chances somewhere’ next season

Anthony Barr sounded Sunday like a man who had played his last game in Minnesota.

“I’m not too sure what the future holds,” he said after the Vikings’ 31-17 victory over Chicago at U.S. Bank Stadium, “but whatever it is, I’ll always have a special place in my heart for Minnesota.”

If it was his last game, it was a good way to go out. Barr finished with 11 tackles and two of the Vikings’ seven sacks as Minnesota rallied from a 14-0 deficit with a monster second half.

“Bittersweet to end this way, but it kind of is what it is, you know?” he said. “I’ve been doing it long enough to understand what comes next, keep things in perspective, just be ready for whatever happens in the future.”

Barr will become an unrestricted free agent in March. He missed most of 2020 after tearing a pectoral muscle at Indianapolis in Week 2 and after the season agreed to have his $12.9 million salary reduced to $10 million for 2021. Part of that, he said, was to make sure 2020 wasn’t his last in Minnesota. But he also was thinking ahead.

“Kind of bet on myself a little bit,” he said Sunday. “hoping I’d have a good year.”

Barr had his right knee scoped in late August and missed the first four games of the season but has played well enough to have choices this spring. He said he…

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