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Vikings give Chad Greenway 5-year, $20M extension

Posted on: September 5, 2011 4:18 pm
Edited on: September 5, 2011 4:37 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

Last year, Chad Greenway did a lot of work, piling up 144 total tackles, one sack and a forced fumble. So it's fitting that the Vikings used Labor Day to reward the linebacker with a five-year, $41 million contract extension that features $20 million in guaranteed money.

Those terms come via Jeremy Fowler of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press, as the Vikings who are also believed to be discussing an extension with running back Adrian Peterson, did not disclose terms of the extension.

Greenway originally signed his franchise-tag tender back in March before the lockout began and was scheduled to make more than $10 million this season. But now he's locked in for more than just the 2010 season and, while he's going to cost a lot over the next five years, the Vikings also have a little security at linebacker for the near future.

"I'm very, very thankful knowing he's going to be here for a while," Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said Monday after practice.

He's not the only one who's happy -- Greenway is pretty thrilled at the prospect of his new contract as well. (And you can't really blame him: locking yourself into more than $10 million a year for the next five years is a pretty, pretty good setup.)

"Both sides wanted to get a deal done, so it makes it a little easier to work through that," Greenway said. "Just really happy."

Greenway's deal, as Fowler correctly points out, was tougher to pull off because he's not a sack machine like outside linebackers in 3-4 defenses.

In fact, he has just 6.5 sacks in his career (5.5 coming in 2008), but the tackles don't lie -- he's piled up 463 tackles in just four full years after missing his rookie season with a torn ACL, and hasn't missed a start since returning from that injury.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 6:47 pm
 

Vikings give Chad Greenway 5-year, $20M extension



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Since: Aug 2, 2011
Posted on: September 6, 2011 11:18 am
 

Vikings give Chad Greenway 5-year, $20M extension

I hope they lock Peterson up soon i have the feeling he's gonna have a killer year and the price might go up higher



Since: Nov 16, 2006
Posted on: September 5, 2011 10:14 pm
 

Vikings give Chad Greenway 5-year, $20M extension

they all due? really?? urgh



Since: Mar 9, 2011
Posted on: September 5, 2011 9:44 pm
 

Vikings give Chad Greenway 5-year, $20M extension

He deserves to get a multimillion contract in my opinion. Congratulations to the Vikings for keeping him and Chad Greenway.



Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: September 5, 2011 9:26 pm
 

Vikings give Chad Greenway 5-year, $20M extension

 Good job in keeping Greenway a Viking , he's not going to dazzle you, but he will make all the plays he is supposed to.  I love this guy on the team.  I hope they get it done with A.P. as well.  I don't have a problem with them giving him a contract until he is 32.  I have seen the graphs and how much of a drop off there is at age thirty.  Adrian is not a normal person at this position.  I know it is one of the easiest spots to fill, but with his work ethic and athletic ability, I see no reason not to believe he will be still a "beast" after the age of thirty!  Sign him so we can enjoy watching him run toward the HOF!  Go Vikes!



Since: Aug 11, 2011
Posted on: September 5, 2011 9:22 pm
 

Vikings give Chad Greenway 5-year, $20M extension

so true. peterson is great but he will decline they all due.



Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: September 5, 2011 5:41 pm
 

Vikings give Chad Greenway 5-year, $20M extension

Good idea, locking up peterson until he's 32.  He will start going downhill this year and by the time he is 30 he will be done.  It's not me being a hater, I actually like peterson a lot.  Generally speaking, you do not give a RB a huge contract past the age of 30, especially one who carries the ball as much as he does.  And RB is the easiest position to fill in the draft, if you have a good offensive line.  Give him a two year extension if you want; anything longer than that will be a waste of money.


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