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Chad Greenway | Linebacker | #52

Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (35) / 1/12/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 237
College: Iowa
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 1 (17) / MIN

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Vikings WLB Chad Greenway announced his retirement after 11 seasons.
Greenway, 34, spent his entire 11-year career in Minnesota after being drafted No. 17 overall in 2006. He made 144 starts, was selected to two Pro Bowls, and earned a second-team All-Pro selection in 2012. One of the best weak-side linebackers in his prime, Greenway probably will be elected into the Vikings' Ring of Honor at some point in the very near future. Mon, Mar 6, 2017 12:09:00 PM

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Free agent WLB Chad Greenway expects to make an announcement on his playing future soon.

Greenway has been considering retirement since the end of the season. It sounds like he’ll have a decision before the start of free agency. 34-year-old Greenway is only willing to play for the Vikings if he returns.
Fri, Feb 17, 2017 05:26:00 PM

Free agent WLB Chad Greenway said he will not play for any team other than the Vikings.

Greenway played this season under the impression it would be his last, but he has yet to make a final decision. Greenway said he will meet with GM Rick Spielman and coach Mike Zimmer this week, and that meeting could push him toward retirement if it is clear the Vikings do not want him back. The former first-round pick has likely played his final snap in the NFL.
Thu, Jan 19, 2017 10:08:00 AM

Vikings LB Chad Greenway said he has not decided if Sunday's game will be the final one of his career.

Greenway entered the season with the intent to retire after playing out a one-year deal, but he said the final decision will not be made until after the season finale against the Bears. "Then we can take some time to think about it and reflect and make sure we’re all in a position where we know what we want to do," Greenway said. The soon-to-be 34-year-old has been an effective player on limited snaps this year, and the disappointment of a lost season could push him toward giving it another go. Whether the Vikings will want him back next season is another question, but it seems likely the two sides could work out another one-year deal.
Tue, Dec 27, 2016 09:18:00 AM

Vikings WLB Chad Greenway is not guaranteed a starting job.

Greenway re-signed with Minnesota for what will likely be his final season, but he will face competition from Emmanuel Lamur. "You don't go into your 11th season without somebody trying to take your job. Emmanuel is a great player," Greenway said. "Regardless of how things shake out -- and I'll say this until Game 1 -- we're all going to have our own roles, and the roles are all going to be pushed toward helping our team win football games." An important leader with waning skills, Greenway's snaps should be dramatically reduced this season.
Source: ESPN
Tue, Apr 19, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Vikings re-signed WLB Chad Greenway.

The sides had been working toward a reunion all offseason. 2016 is expected to be Greenway's final season. Greenway's on-field effectiveness has really waned, but he's an important leader as the Vikings' longest-tenured player. Greenway will probably be on the field for 30-40 percent of the snaps in 2016.
Thu, Mar 31, 2016 05:30:00 PM

FOX Sports' Alex Marvez reports a new deal between the Vikings and free agent LB Chad Greenway is "imminent."

#AsExpected. Both sides have sounded optimistic about a reunion all offseason, and this deal was always going to get done. Greenway has been with the Vikings since they made him the No. 17 overall pick in 2006.
Thu, Mar 31, 2016 12:31:00 PM

Vikings GM Rick Spielman confirmed the team is still talking to free agent WLB Chad Greenway.

Spielman also said the team remains in talks with free agent CB Terence Newman. Minnesota's moves over the last two offseasons -- drafting CB Trae Waynes in the first round last year and signing WLB Emmanuel Lamur in free agency -- suggest both veterans would be returning to smaller roles if they decide to re-sign. Still, it would be surprising if Greenway and Newman are not with the Vikings when training camp opens.
Source: ESPN
Mon, Mar 14, 2016 09:38:00 AM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer expects impending free agent WLB Chad Greenway back in 2016.

Greenway wants to return to Minnesota, and Vikings GM Rick Spielman has expressed optimism something will get done. Greenway has said this season will likely be his last. A Viking since 2006, it would be surprising if he played anywhere else in his final year.
Thu, Feb 25, 2016 10:48:00 AM

Impending free agent WLB Chad Greenway said next season will likely be his last if he re-signs with the Vikings.

"I think with the stadium opening and kind of being able to be a part of that, I think if I was able to come back and play, I’d announce that this is going to be it -- just kind of treat it that way," Greenway said. Vikings GM Rick Spielman has expressed optimism the team will be able to re-sign Greenway, who Minnesota selected in the first round all the way back in 2006. It will be surprising if the two sides do not work something out.
Source: ESPN
Mon, Feb 22, 2016 09:59:00 AM

Vikings GM Rick Spielman has projected optimism about re-signing free agent WLB Chad Greenway.

"I had a very good conversation with Chad after the season," Spielman said. "We’ll have a few more conversations with his agent." Greenway, who has been with the Vikings since 2006, has said he wants to play one more season. The sides should work something out before the start of free agency on March 9.
Thu, Feb 18, 2016 04:39:00 PM

ESPN Vikings reporter Ben Goessling expects impending free agent WLB Chad Greenway back with Minnesota next season.

Greenway has already said he will play another season, and it would be shocking if he did not finish his career with the Vikings, who drafted him in the first round in 2006. Traditionally a three-down player, Greenway accepted a smaller role in 2015 and will likely need to accept a smaller salary to stick around in Minnesota. A one-year deal worth around $2.5 million could work for both sides.
Source: ESPN
Mon, Feb 1, 2016 10:35:00 AM

The Star Tribune's Matt Vensel does not believe impending free agent WLB Chad Greenway will be back with the Vikings in 2016.

Greenway has already said he plans to play another season, and it would be shocking if it were anywhere other than Minnesota. Greenway has been with the Vikings since they made him the No. 17 overall pick of the 2006 draft, playing 140 games along the way. Even if he is not a starter, Greenway would offer veteran leadership in the locker room. The two sides should work something out.
Mon, Jan 18, 2016 11:14:00 AM

Free agent WLB Chad Greenway said he plans to play one more season.

"It can't end like this," said Greenway following Sunday's Wild Card loss to the Seahawks. Greenway's effectiveness has dipped sharply in recent years, but the 33-year-old has leadership value. The Vikings would probably take him back for one more season, albeit not necessarily as a surefire starter.
Sun, Jan 10, 2016 05:31:00 PM

Chad Greenway is expected to remain the Vikings' starting weakside linebacker.

Greenway got all of the work with the Vikings' first-team defense during the offseason program, and coach Mike Zimmer called him the best WLB on the roster. Greenway's play last season does not support Zimmer's claim. He struggled both against the pass and the run in 12 starts and was outplayed by the younger and more athletic Gerald Hodges. If given anything resembling a fair shot, Hodges could easily unseat Greenway.
Sat, Jun 27, 2015 11:12:00 AM

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