The New York Jets are reportedly interested in pursuing linebacker Anthony Barr when free agency officially opens on March 13.
According to Connor Hughes of The Athletic, the Jets are "very, very high" on Barr. Hughes added that he "wouldn't be surprised" if the Jets offer Barr more money than any other team on the open market.
The 26-year-old Barr has spent the first five seasons of his NFL career with the Minnesota Vikings after getting selected ninth overall in the 2014 NFL draft out of UCLA.
Barr is among the most versatile linebackers in the NFL, and he has been named a Pro Bowler in each of the past four seasons. In 13 games last season, Barr registered 55 tackles, three sacks and one forced fumble.
Perhaps his best NFL season came in 2015, when he registered 68 tackles, 3.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and the only interception of his career to this point.
He usually hovers around 70 tackles with a handful of sacks per season, but he does plenty in both run and pass coverage that doesn't always show up on the stat sheet. Barr is as complete as they come at outside linebacker, and he is precisely the type of player the Jets could use on defense.