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Anthony Barr Brings Veteran Value to the Cowboys Defense

The signed linebacker Anthony Barr on Wednesday. The door was ajar for Dallas before bringing him in officially, but after went down two days prior, I didn’t see this coming.

Barr agreed to a one-year contract with a $2M base value, worth up to $3M when including incentives.

For the price, the by the Cowboys was a good one. The former Viking can bring value to this team.

The addition of Barr helps the depth at the LB position and could allow Dan Quinn to use Micah Parsons in any way possible to create havoc on the opposing . (More than he would have without the depth). That’s my favorite thing about this signing.

Barr alongside Leighton Vander Esch could be very nice. Barr can play on and off the ball, allowing others to do what they do best when they need to.

Jori Epstein on Twitter: “Here’s new Cowboys LB Anthony Barr with an overtime INT vs. Ravens last / Twitter”

Here’s new Cowboys LB Anthony Barr with an overtime INT vs. Ravens last


Utilizing Barr will also allow Quinn to move around Jabril Cox. He is a versatile player who the Cowboys have high hopes for after being limited in 2021 due to a torn ACL. I expect Cox to move around and still play heavily in passing situations.

Barr won’t need to do as much as he once did as a member of the Vikings, but If they get that high-level production, we will see the Dallas defense being one of the best in the league.

It is easy to try and guess what signing Barr means for the defense, but until we see him on the field, we may not know what Quinn could already have planned for this group. I’m excited to watch.

I’ll conclude by saying if Barr stays healthy or can play 80% of the snaps, Dallas will have a top-three defense. The signing will allow Quinn to move Parsons wherever he wants and create different packages for them. Barr is starting on the PUP list, not because of an , according to team sources, but more to get him ready to jump into camp.

I trust Quinn to use him effectively. The value of Barr goes beyond the impact he will make on his own. The signing will allow other players to move around and play to their strengths.

Not the signing I thought they would make, but I am okay with it.

What do you think?

Shane Taylor

Written by Shane Taylor

Cowboys fan from the Midwest. Writing is fun, Staff writer for Inside the Star. Follow me on twitter @ShaneTaylor43

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    • Hi Jeff –

      They have been thin at linebacker much longer than at WR, I didn’t see it coming because Barr took a TEAM friendly deal to sign with Dallas, otherwise no move would have been made… With the injury to James Washingtons last week, Dallas will be banking on Jalen Tolbert and either a guy like Noah Brown or a UDFA to help out until Gallup returns. So honestly a WR is who I thought they would sign if anyone.

  1. The veteran experience added can only help mould our young linebackers. Micah, Jabril and Leighton can pick Barr’s brain in the film room and benefit from his knowledge of other players, schemes and tendencies. In addition to all the great comments about Barr’s ability, his leadership is a welcome asset, and for the price.. what he does on the field is a bonus. He could be an upgrade over some current LBs and allows others to play to their strengths while bringing much needed depth. I quite like the signing.

  2. I like it.
    Even if Barr stays healthy 109% of the season, he will not play 80% of the snaps.

    Quinn likes to use his depth, it keeps guys both fresh and the younger guys ready.

    50-60% of the snaps for Barr would be ideal IMO.

  3. I think it’s a good signing because LVE is like Tyron Smith, it’s not a question of if he’ll get hurt, but when. And if you compare them side by side, Barr is better than Vander Esch.

    • I like the signing as well, I think Dan Quinn will enjoy how much more he can move Micah around and feel comfortable doing so with a guy like Barr playing on or off the ball.

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