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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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Comments

Since: Jun 22, 2007
Posted on: September 5, 2011 5:35 pm
 

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

locking yourself into more than $10 million a year for the next five years

Correct me if i'm wrong, but 41 million is not more than 10 million a year for 5 years. Come one CBS, this isn't difficult math.



Since: Aug 31, 2011
Posted on: September 5, 2011 4:43 pm
 

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

Lock down Peterson until he's 32-33 and then make the decision about another extension then.  He is fun to watch and has continued to get better every year. 



Since: Nov 22, 2009
Posted on: September 5, 2011 4:40 pm
 

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

   I'm glad we got this done. Now we lock up AP and we create some room for more talent...


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