Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins may be the team’s highest-paid player, but the “most overpaid” tag doesn’t belong to him, according to Bleacher Report.
Instead, outside linebacker Anthony Barr was named the Vikings’ biggest salary-cap siphon this season. Barr went to four consecutive Pro Bowls from 2015 to 2018, but after signing a five-year, $67.5 million contract, Barr came up with just 1.5 sacks and two turnovers last season.
Here’s what Bleacher Report’s Kristopher Knox had to say about Barr:
Like (Jared) Goff, Kirk Cousins isn’t in the same league as other quarterbacks who make at least $33 million per year. But he’s at least coming off a tremendous season for the Minnesota Vikings and has a much better shot at leading that team deep in 2020.
So instead let’s put a spotlight on Barr, who was a slight disappointment in the first year of a massive new contract last season. He was too quiet too often, which isn’t unusual for an off-ball linebacker in a pass-heavy league, but we’re talking about one of the six highest-paid non-rushing linebackers in the NFL. They need him to be a game-changer at that price, and one pick, 1.5 sacks and one forced fumble won’t get him there.