Cowboys make sure they sign early in training camp to bolster defenses

The Dallas Cowboys just added veteran ex-Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr to bolster their defense in ongoing training camp.

cowboys Fans have good reason to be excited for their corps of linebackers this year, most notably Micah Parsons and Leighton Vander Esch.

Now they have a third player to hope for: Anthony Barr.

The veteran linebacker finally signed with Dallas Wednesday after months of speculation about his move to the Cowboys.

Cowboys step up defense with Anthony Barr signing

Barr has been associated with the Cowboys for some time. Senior Defense Assistant George Edwards was Barr’s defense coordinator in Minnesota for six years.

A four-time professional bowler, Barr brings pass-rushing skills at full-back but flexibility in his position given his years of expertise.

Barr missed much of the 2020 season with a chest injury, but he came back strong in 2021 with 72 tackles, 2.5 sacks, three interceptions and five pass breakups.

At 30, he should still have something in the tank to make a significant contribution to the Cowboys this year. He can be a mentor to Parsons and give Dallas some cover for Vander Esch, who has struggled to stay healthy throughout his career.

The Cowboys needed that extra depth at the linebacker, and pocketing one of the best free agents still available is a good way to address that issue.

Barr will now have enough time to get used to his surroundings.

He will also get a chance to compete against his former team this season. Dallas takes over viking at week 11 in Minnesota. Cowboys make sure they sign early in training camp to bolster defenses

John Verrall

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