Smith was announced as a replacement for Seahawks safety Earl Thomas early afternoon on Monday, but by Monday evening Barr was announced as a replacement for Patriots linebacker Jamie Collins and Bridgewater was named as an injury replacement of Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer.
Barr was the ninth overall pick for the Vikings in the 2014 draft and finished his second season with 68 tackles, including four for a loss, 3½ sacks, eight quarterback hits, one interception, three forced fumbles and seven passes defensed despite missing two games to injury. His stats show the versatility in his game.
Like Barr, Bridgewater was also a first-round pick for the Vikings in 2014, but he was the last pick of the first round. Entering the 2015 season with a goal of completing 70 percent of his passes, he finished his second season with a 65.3 completion rate, throwing for 3,231 yards and 14 touchdowns. He started all 16 regular-season games, and had a breakout performance against the Chicago Bears on Dec. 20 when he threw for four touchdowns and rushed for another.null