Wednesday morning brought news on the Dallas Cowboys roster as linebacker Aaron Hansford passed his medical, was later removed from the PUP roster and was promptly waived.
It served as a reminder of how quickly things can happen in an NFL player’s career, and it also obviously opened up a spot on the Cowboys’ roster. Many wanted to see Dallas make a move at wide receiver, swing tackle or kicker, but linebacker also lurks as a position of need.
Just hours after the Hansford news broke, it was reported that there was a corresponding one for the team, as NFL Network noted the Cowboys were signing linebacker Anthony Barr.
It’s of course been a rumored connection for the Cowboys for some time and they had long loved it when Barr entered the NFL Draft in 2014. To date, Barr has spent his entire career with the Minnesota Vikings. (he was almost a member of the New York Jets, a story for another day) and can still contribute in ways that can help this team.
NFL Network added that it was up to the Denver Broncos or Dallas Cowboys for Barr and Team USA won. It’s nice to see the Dallas win and apparently George Edwards was a big reason why.
As @RapSheet notes, Barr’s connection to George Paton made him play with the #Broncos but it was another old #Vikings George who coached him at the Cowboys in former MIN DC George Edwards, now defensive assistant in Dallas.
—Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) August 3, 2022
The Cowboys’ roster now has 90 players and the linebacking squad has been bolstered. Doing it in the other posts mentioned would also be a good thing to see, but we have a bit more time for that.
Welcome to the Dallas Cowboys, Anthony Barr.
Update: 5:50 p.m. ET
The deal is for $2 million and has incentives of up to $3 million.
New Cowboys LB Anthony Barr has agreed to a one-year contract with a base value of $2 million, worth up to $3 million including incentives, a person familiar with the terms has said. Left more money on the table elsewhere to accommodate George Edwards, Dan Quinn. Barr lives in Los Angeles. Now directed to Oxnard.
— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) August 3, 2022
A job well done by the Cowboys here.
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