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The Austin Riley extension had a big impact on the Braves’ deadline plans
The Dallas Cowboys just added veteran ex-Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr to give their defense a boost with training camp underway.
Cowboys fans have good reason to be excited about their linebacker corps this year, led by Micah Parsons and Leighton Vander Esch.
Now they have a third player to pin their hopes on: Anthony Barr.
The veteran linebacker finally signed with Dallas on Wednesday after months of speculation surrounding him joining the Cowboys.
Cowboys bolster defense with Anthony Barr signing
Barr has been linked to the Cowboys for a while now. Senior defensive assistant George Edwards was Barr’s defensive coordinator in Minnesota for six years.
A four-time Pro Bowler, Barr brings rushing skills at outside linebacker, but he’s positionally flexible with veteran know-how.
Barr missed much of the 2020 season with a chest injury, but he came back strong in 2021 with 72 tackles, 2.5 sacks, three interceptions and five pass breakups.
At 30 years old, he would have to have something left in the tank to contribute significantly to the Cowboys this year. He can be a mentor to Parsons while giving Dallas some coverage for Vander Esch, who has had trouble staying healthy in his career.
The Cowboys needed that extra depth at linebacker, and signing one of the best free agents still available is a good way to solve that problem.
Barr will now have plenty of time to get used to his surroundings.
He will also get a chance to face his former team this season. Dallas hosts the Vikings in Week 11 in Minnesota.