With the free agency period in the NFL starting in just two weeks, the Minnesota Vikings still have a decision to make about linebacker Anthony Barr and his potential future as a member of the team. Today, we got word from a respectable source that they spent at least a portion of last offseason attempting to make it someone else’s decision.

On Paul Allen’s show on KFAN today, ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter reported that the Vikings attempted to trade Barr last offseason, when he was playing on the fifth-year option season of his rookie deal.

Here’s the money quote from Schefter:

“I would be really surprised if he’s back in Minnesota. I go back to last year at this time, my understanding was that he preferred to be on the west coast in California. My understanding was that they would be open and receptive to listening to offers for him. Nothing every materialized. I was waiting for him to be traded before the draft...it didn’t happen but with the way that it unfolded and some of the things I’ve heard behind the scenes, I would be surprised if he would be back [in Minnesota].”