As one of the top cornerbacks in the free-agent market, it appeared that the then 26-year old was on the verge of signing a deal with the New York Jets and the Vikings would have to look elsewhere on the free-agent market to fill a need in their secondary.
The blitzing linebacker was the Jets' first coup of free agency and was followed Tuesday morning by reports they had signed C.J. Mosley to a five-year, $85 million deal.
Prior to this deal, Barr has made $25 million throughout his career per Spotrac.
At the last second, the Vikings sent a private jet out to court Winfield and at the eleventh hour, he would change course and sign a six-year, $34.8 million contract with Minnesota.
Barr was the ninth overall pick in the 2014 draft out of UCLA, where he made 23.5 sacks in his final two seasons.
Barr, who turns 27 next week, will get a chance to finish what he started with the Vikings after five years where he mixed stretches of dominance with periods of relative anonymity, posting 13 ½ sacks, 22 pass defenses, seven forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and one interception (off Peyton Manning in 2015). While Barr earned four-straight Pro Bowl invitations as an off-ball. Teams also are allowed to back of any trade before that deadline; however, we hadn't seen that happen yet this year until news broke about Barr's decision.