Two key pieces of the Minnesota Vikings' 2018 defense have found new homes in free agency.
There was a hint that Richardson would not re-sign when the Vikings agreed Monday to a three-year, $12.45 million contract with Shamar Stephen, who played for them from 2014-17 and spent last season with Seattle.
The Jets, prepared to pay Barr about $14 million per year to be an outside linebacker in their 3-4 scheme, now find themselves in need of an edge rusher.
Barr will get a chance to finish what he started with the Vikings after five years where he flashed dominance on an intermittent basis, posting 13½ sacks, 22 pass defenses, seven forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and one interception. Had Barr not changed his mind, Wednesday's first day of the new league year would have been the first day he could have signed with the Jets.
While the 26-year-old linebacker cleared his head, the Vikings and Murphy worked. His rookie year was highlighted by a game-winning strip and recovery of Tampa Bay's Austin Seferian-Jenkins that he himself returned for an overtime touchdown for Minnesota's first win and only win in Tampa since 1997.