Barr's career trajectory, and that of the Minnesota defense, appeared to be skyrocketing in 2015, when Barr was the second-highest-graded player at his position (89.6), helped the Vikings reach the playoffs while generating 27 pressures, 41 stops, an interception and two pass breakups.
Instead of heading to NY as a pass rushing linebacker, the four-time Pro Bowler became the second free agent in as many years to spurn a larger offer from the Jets, following what Kirk Cousins did last year.
They had less than $8 million in available space on Tuesday morning after agreeing to a three-year, $12.45 million deal with defensive tackle Shamar Stephen.
Barr can re-sign at any point with the Vikings, but they apparently first must resolve the situation with Griffen.
Barr's contract with the Jets was set to pay him around $15 million per year, but it was not enough to keep the UCLA product from leaving the team that drafted him. He got both from the Browns. Last season he recorded 55 tackles, three sacks and one forced fumble in 13 games.
Pro Football Focus ranked Richardson as the NFL's No. 47 interior defender last season while Stephen was No. 98 out of 112.
"Thank you to the Vikings organization for giving me an opportunity to do what I love to do", Murray wrote on Instagram.
Murray is expected to share the load on the Saints with Alvin Kamara.
Free agency opens Wednesday.