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Chad Greenway | Linebacker

Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (31) / 1/12/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 237
College: Iowa
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The Minneapolis Star-Tribune's Matt Vensel reports the Vikings are unlikely to use Chad Greenway at middle linebacker.
Vensel guesses Greenway could be a fall-back option in the middle, but he will stick to the weak side for now. Jasper Brinkley saw most of the first-team reps at MIKE on Wednesday and will compete with Audie Cole for the starting job. Jul 30 - 7:13 PM

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Vikings coach Mike Zimmer is open to moving Chad Greenway to middle linebacker.

Greenway played strong-side linebacker last season under Leslie Frazier. He practiced at weak side during OTAs, and is now under consideration at Mike. "It’s a possibility," Zimmer said. "We keep working him in there. We’re just trying to find the best 11 players we can and then figure out where the rest of the guys are going to fit." Greenway's IDP stock could rise in the middle.
Jul 23 - 9:52 PM

Chad Greenway confirmed he's moving to weak-side linebacker.

Greenway played "SAM" linebacker last year, but should get the majority of his snaps at the "WILL" spot this season. He's also seen time at middle linebacker during OTAs and could move inside in sub-packages. Greenway and Anthony Barr are locked in as starters in Mike Zimmer's defense, with Gerald Hodges, Audie Cole, and Jasper Brinkley competing for the final linebacker job.
May 31 - 6:24 PM

Vikings WLB Chad Greenway has agreed to reduce his base salary from $6.5 million to a fully guaranteed $5.5 million.

Greenway is coming off of a horrific season where he graded out 34th among 35 qualifiers in Pro Football Focus' 4-3 outside linebacker ratings. He has been solid throughout his career, though, and continues to offer a veteran presence for a defense in transition. Greenway 2015 salary remains the same, meaning the Vikings could save $7.1 million by cutting Greenway after 2014.
Mar 15 - 11:01 AM

Vikings WLB Chad Greenway is owed $6.5 million in salary and bonuses in 2014.

His base salary is $6.4 million with a $100,000 offseason workout bonus. Turning 31 later this month, Greenway is coming off of a horrific season where he graded out 34th among 35 qualifiers in Pro Football Focus' 4-3 outside linebacker ratings. Only Miami's Philip Wheeler was worse. We suspect the Vikings will keep Greenway for 2014, but it's hardly a guarantee. Minnesota may undergo a rebuilding process this spring after ranking 31st in total defense.
Jan 3 - 11:49 AM

The arthroscopic knee surgery Vikings SLB Chad Greenway underwent last week was on his left meniscus.

Greenway had some "residual fraying" of his meniscus. It may have been related to his 2006 ACL tear in the same knee. Regardless, he's in no danger of missing Week 1 and fully expects to be ready for the start of camp. "There will be no doubt in my mind unless I get in a car accident or something," said Greenway. "From the knee perspective, it'll be 100 percent, good to go."
Wed, Jun 19, 2013 08:14:00 AM

Vikings SLB Chad Greenway (knee) will be sidelined until training camp.

Greenway underwent arthroscopic knee surgery Thursday and will need at least 3-4 weeks of recovery. The Vikings expect him to be available in late July.
Fri, Jun 14, 2013 08:24:00 AM

Vikings SLB Chad Greenway (knee) underwent surgery on Wednesday to clean out debris in his knee.

Coach Leslie Frazier deemed the surgery as minor, and added there are "no worries," that Greenway will be ready for camp. Greenway hasn't missed a game since becoming a starter in 2007, and will be 100 percent entering the season.
Wed, Jun 12, 2013 01:28:00 PM

Vikings SLB Chad Greenway will have his knee scoped Wednesday, but is expected to be "fine" for training camp.

An MRI revealed some things that "needed to (be cleaned) up," but nothing serious. Greenway hasn't missed a game since becoming a starter in 2007, so there's every reason to believe he'll be ready for camp. Greenway graded out as the No. 21 4-3 outside linebacker in Pro Football Focus' 2012 ratings.
Tue, Jun 11, 2013 02:03:00 PM

Vikings SLB Chad Greenway will be in attendance when minicamp begins on Tuesday.

Greenway missed a handful of OTA sessions to be with his ailing father in South Dakota, but is expected to arrive in Winter Park tomorrow. The Vikings signed Greenway to a five-year, $41 million extension last September.
Mon, Jun 18, 2012 06:41:00 PM

Vikings signed SLB Chad Greenway to a new five-year, $41 million contract including $20 million guaranteed.

Greenway was previously under contract through 2011 on a $10.091 million franchise tender. Though he's yet to make a Pro Bowl, the 28-year-old is one of the stoutest and best all-around 4-3 linebackers in football. Pro Football Focus graded Greenway as the fifth best player in the league at the position last season. Also an IDP stud, he's averaging 116 tackles a year over the past four seasons. The Vikings confirmed their high opinion of Greenway by franchising him over both Sidney Rice and Ray Edwards during the winter.
Mon, Sep 5, 2011 01:30:00 PM

Vikings beat writer Judd Zulgad suggests SLB Chad Greenway is more likely than RB Adrian Peterson to be signed to a long-term deal before the season.

That's not to say that Peterson won't get extended, just that Greenway - a player who was reportedly interested in discussing a deal as of last month - is more likely to get his done first. Greenway is set to make $10.091 million in 2011 as the Vikings' franchise player. Peterson will bring home $10.72 million in 2011 and will hit free agency after the season if he can't work out a new contract.
Sat, Aug 13, 2011 05:44:00 PM

Vikings.com's Mike Wobschall reports that the Vikings and SLB Chad Greenway remain interested in working out a long-term deal.

The Vikings' franchise player this season, Greenway is set to make $10.091 million. Greenway's 145 tackles were fourth in the NFL in 2010, and if he's similarly productive in 2011, he's a good bet to be locked up by Minnesota with a long-term deal.
Source: Vikings.com
Mon, Jul 4, 2011 09:23:00 AM

Vikings signed franchise player SLB Chad Greenway to a one-year, $10.091 million tender.

Greenway made it clear that he was fine with the tag and would like to sign long-term in the Twin Cities. As long as franchise tags hold up under the next CBA, the Vikes' leading tackler for three seasons running will earn $7 million more this year than last. The decision to tag Greenway was a questionable one, allowing Sidney Rice to hit the market as arguably the top receiver available.
Tue, Mar 1, 2011 02:51:00 PM

Vikings SLB Chad Greenway expressed no disappointment with his franchise tag Monday.

"I’m happy to know that the Vikings value me enough to make this move," he said. "My family and I love ... the Twin Cities and I want to be a part of the Vikings for years to come." It's for reasons mentioned by Greenway that we don't believe tagging him was necessarily in the team's best interest. He sounds open to a hometown discount, whereas Sidney Rice is set to break the bank.
Mon, Feb 21, 2011 03:58:00 PM

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