Anthony Barr changes mind, decides to stay with Vikings after agreeing with Jets

A reminder: Any deal between a team and a free agent that you’ve heard about on Monday or Tuesday can’t become official until Wednesday.

The New York Jets know all about it.

The Jets had agreed to a deal with Pro Bowl linebacker Anthony Barr on Monday, and by Tuesday afternoon they didn’t have a deal anymore. Barr is staying with the Minnesota Vikings, according to reports.

SI.com’s Albert Breer reported Barr said he would join the Jets, but had to sleep on it. The Vikings upped their offer — still less than what the Jets were offering — while Barr waited. And the Jets got jilted on Tuesday. Barr’s deal will be worth about $13.5 million per year, Breer reported.

And we have the first double-cross of the NFL free-agent season. Unless Barr changes his mind again. Teams have until 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday to make him an offer.

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NFL players who switched teams this offseason

WR Odell Beckham Jr.

Traded from the New York Giants to the Cleveland Browns

(AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

RB Le'Veon Bell

Left the Pittsburgh Steelers in free agency to sign with the New York Jets

(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

QB Joe Flacco

Traded from the Baltimore Ravens to the Denver Broncos

(Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

QB Case Keenum

Traded from the Denver Broncos to the Washington Redskins

(Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

WR Antonio Brown

Traded from the Pittsburgh Steelers to the Oakland Raiders

(Photo by Mark Alberti/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

DE Trey Flowers

Left the New England Patriots in free agency to sign with the Detroit Lions

(Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

OT Trent Brown

Left the New England Patriots in free agency to sign with the Oakland Raiders

(Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

WR Danny Amendola

Left the Miami Dolphins in free agency to join the Detroit Lions

(Charles Trainor Jr./Miami Herald/TNS via Getty Images)

S Landon Collins

Left the New York Giants in free agency to sign with the Washington Redskins

(Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

WR DeSean Jackson

Traded from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the Philadelphia Eagles 

(Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

OL Terrell Suggs

Left the Baltimore Ravens in free agency to join the Arizona Cardinals

(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

RB Frank Gore

Left the Miami Dolphins in free agency to sign with the Buffalo Bills

(Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

QB Nick Foles

Left the Philadelphia Eagles in free agency to sign with the Jacksonville Jaguars

(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

LB C.J. Mosley

Left the Baltimore Ravens in free agency to sign with the New York Jets

(Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

WR Jamison Crowder

Left the Washington Redskins in free agency to sign with the New York Jets

(Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

TE Jesse James

Left the Pittsburgh Steelers in free agency to sign with the Detroit Lions

(Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)

S Eric Weddle

Left the Baltimore Ravens in free agency to sign with the Los Angeles Rams

(Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

RB Carlos Hyde

Left the Jacksonville Jaguars in free agency to sign with the Kansas City Chiefs

(Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)

DE Michael Bennett

Traded from the Philadelphia Eagles to the New England Patriots

(Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

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Nothing in free agency can become official until Wednesday

There’s probably a gentleman’s agreement between NFL teams to not keep negotiating with players once a deal has been agreed upon (let’s not act like the NFL isn’t above being on the same page with each other when it comes to transactions) during the so-called “legal tampering period.” We rarely see someone change their mind before free agency opens.

But it can happen. Will there be a time when a rogue NFL team sees contract numbers reported and decides to offer more to each free-agent target? It would be a devious way to set the market.

It wouldn’t make that team very popular, but again, nothing is official until Wednesday. Some college coaches keep recruiting players after verbal commitments. It could lead to problems in the NFL, but a lot of drama.

Anthony Barr changed his mind

When Barr agreed to join the Jets, there was a long analysis of him going back to a 3-4 rushing end in a new scheme, a position he played at UCLA. When the Jets also agreed to a deal with linebacker C.J. Mosley, it seemed like an impressive double dip at linebacker.

Then the Vikings told Barr they were willing to offer more, it seems. Barr reportedly took a little less to stay in a familiar place. It’s surprising it doesn’t happen more often.

And with that news, teams will have some anxiety about their own free-agent agreements until pen can be put to contract on Wednesday.

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Frank Schwabis a writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdown.corner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab

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