Today, the Minnesota Vikings are starting their second round of Organized Team Activities at the new Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center in Eagan, and one of the big stories from last week’s OTAs appears to have been resolved.
The Vikings have released a video on the Twitters (that won’t embed here for reasons I’m not quite sure of) showing what they’ve been up to in today’s OTA session, and the first ten seconds of the video shows a couple of different angles of linebacker Anthony Barr hitting the blocking sled. This means that, after his absence last week, Barr is back in the fold and getting some work in with his teammates.
Barr missed the first round of OTAs, and there was speculation that he was unhappy about his contract and wanted a long-term deal. It was a bit curious, as he was around to help with coach Mike Zimmer’s youth football camp the previous weekend, but the coach apparently knew about the absence and didn’t comment on what exactly was behind it.
Barr is going into the fifth-year option season of his rookie contract, a deal that will pay him just over $12 million this season. If the team wanted to negotiate a long-term deal with him, they could probably reduce that figure for this season.
After causing a little bit of a panic last week, the Vikings’ star linebacker has ended whatever holdout he might have been participating in last week and is back with his teammates.