NFL Notes: Draft, Packers, Vikings

     

Draft

  • Baylor CB Derrek Thomas, who converted from wide receiver, will visit the Cowboys and 49ers, meet with the Vikings, and work out privately for the Cardinals, Seahawks and Dolphins. (Aaron Wilson)
  • Princeton FB John Lovett worked out with the Titans and will visit with the Saints and Vikings. (Tom Pelissero)
  • Ole Miss TE Dawson Knox visited with the Cowboys, Cardinals, Lions and Saints and will take part in the Titans’ local Pro Day. (Alex Marvez)
  • Boston College OL Chris Lindstrom visited with the Broncos on Thursday and will meet with the Colts in the coming days. He previously visited with the Falcons and Titans. (Darren Wolfson)
  • Villanova OL Ethan Greenidge will have worked out or visited with the Texans, Chargers, Jets, Saints, Bengals, Chiefs and Eagles. (NFL Draft Diamonds)
  • Villanova OL Brandon Hitner will visit the Bears and Bengals. (Aaron Wilson)
  • Mike Garafolo reports that Penn State DE Shareef Miller visited with the Bills and is scheduled to meet with the Saints and Eagles next week. 

Packers

  • According to Jay Glazer of The Athletic, there are people within the Packers’ organization who are “still upset” with the Mike McCarthy and Ted Thompson regime.
  • Glazer says new Packers HC Matt LaFleur was aware of the situation between Aaron Rodgers and McCarthy coming into the interview process. 

Vikings

Ryan Williams, the agent for Vikings LB Anthony Barr, explained that he could sense some hesitation from his client about his pending deal with the Jets.

There was a moment where I could sense he was hesitating a little bit,” Williams tells Courtney Cronin and Rich Cimini of ESPN. “It became clear that he wasn’t settled with where we were headed. He felt like the right thing [going after the money he deserved as a player] was that he should go to New York. But deep down the right thing for him and ultimately what he cared about was to stay in Minnesota.

Williams said he called Barr and asked: “If the Jets get to ‘X’ [which is the figure north of $15 million], are you a New York Jet?

Barr said yes, but a three-way conference call with his mom didn’t turn out to be the celebration it seemed like it would be.

From there, the Jets began relaying info to the media that Barr was set to sign with them, and it began to set in that this wasn’t what he wanted.

He said, ‘I feel like I just made the worst mistake of my life,‘” Williams said.

Williams called up the Vikings and asked for their best and final offer. An hour or so later, the two parties had a deal drawn up.

After the two sides made the deal official, Barr told Williams that it was “the best day of his life.”

“I said, ‘Congrats, dude, you’re a Viking,’” Williams said. “And he literally screamed that this was the best day of his life. I said to him, ‘That’s the reaction I was hoping to get yesterday and now that I have it, I actually have to call the other teams and let them know your decision.'”

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