Minnesota Vikings 'unequivocally' not shopping LB Barr
Zimmer said Friday before practice that Barr "had a tweak" that kept him out of the Thursday drills but expected him to practice later in the day.
"I was made aware of an erroneous report about Anthony Barr," Zimmer told reporters after moving up his media availability session in Eagan, Minn., to address the report. "Anthony is my guy. No. 1, we are unequivocally not trying to trade Anthony. He was the first draft pick we have ever had with me. He's helped this defense go from 32nd or 31st or whatever it is to be pretty good, and so there's no, none whatsoever, truth to that rumor."
It is unclear what report Zimmer was referencing, but some speculation surfaced on Twitter on Friday after Barr did not participate in team drills Thursday. Barr told reporters "there was a reason for" his absence and said he wasn't able to discuss it, referring to the coaching staff.
Barr, 26, is entering the fifth-year option of his rookie contract, in which he will make $12.3 million, and is scheduled to hit free agency next spring.
The team has given extensions to three other homegrown contract-year players this offseason -- linebacker Eric Kendricks, defensive end Danielle Hunter and wide receiver Stefon Diggs -- and general manager Rick Spielman has voiced interest in extending Barr, as well.
Barr has earned three consecutive Pro Bowl selections while playing in all but two games over the last three years. In four seasons, Barr has 283 tackles, 10.5 sacks, six forced fumbles and 20 passes defended while starting 58 of a possible 64 games.
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