There were plenty of smiles around Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center on Thursday afternoon as Anthony Barr and Shamar Stephen came home.
Barr, a four-time Pro Bowl linebacker, endured an emotional few days of free agency before deciding to stay with the team that drafted him.
Stephen was drafted by Minnesota in 2014 and spent four years in Purple but played for Seattle in 2018. He, too, decided to come back and play for the Vikings after a year away.
The decisions by each player put Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer in a good mood.
“Great people, good players who want to learn and get better, be great people in the locker room and help each other get better,” Zimmer said. “It’s really a great day for me to get these two guys back, they’ll always be Vikings and they’ll always be Zim’ guys.”
But now that it’s known that Barr and Stephen will suit up for Zimmer’s defense in 2019, what will their roles be going forward?