Chad Greenway: "There is no contract issue at all"

Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway didn’t participate in last weekend’s mandatory minicamp and refused to say why. This weekend Greenway is still refusing to say why.  But he did say that it’s not an issue with his contract.

“There’s nothing related at all,” Greenway told the Argus Leader in his native South Dakota.. “There is no contract issue at all.  Coach [Brad] Childress gave me some time off for the minicamp, and that’s really all that matters.”

OK. But why did Childress give Greenway some time off?  And why won’t Childress or Greenway just explain it?  The whole thing seems strange, and it compounds an already strange situation with that “mandatory” minicamp in Minnesota, which the team’s two biggest stars, Adrian Peterson and Brett Favre, both skipped.

Whatever the reasons, Greenway says he intends to honor his contract.

“With the scope of where the NFL is right now, with a looming lockout and things uncertain, as a player I think you have to be open-minded about what’s going to happen,” he said.  “Of course you’d like to have your long-term future under control and in the bag.  But at the same time it’s a business.  I signed a five-year contract, and I’m going to play it out to the best of my ability.  The Vikings have been very good to me.”

36 responses to “Chad Greenway: "There is no contract issue at all"

  1. No one cares. Its most likely a non story and was some family matter. Trying to make this something big is pathetic.

  2. MDS, this site is becoming to be like a bunch of older people sitting on a front porch talking about why the youngster down the street didn’t go to work, never mind that his employer wasn’t concerned about it.
    If MINN. wasn’t up in arms about it and it seems their not, and he must of been cleared by them to miss it, why should the nosey neighbor have any right to know.

  3. Maybe it was a personal issue?
    Lets assume he had some tumor-thing in his testicle and had it removed, and Childress let him off for that. If you were in his shoes would you say to the press: Just had to get lefty chopped off, so I’m back..

  4. I haven’t even seen this story posted on any other NFL-related website, it seems you guys are the only ones that find it strange, and are making a big deal out of it. A guy needed time off for personal reasons, it happens. Get over it.

  5. But why did Childress give Greenway some time off? And why won’t Childress or Greenway just explain it?
    I think we all know Chilly is an idiot and this would test him to try to explain something.

  6. Why ask why? Is it important to know? Do we REALLY HAVE TO KNOW? It’s just killin’ you ain’t it?

  7. The inmates are running the asylum.
    The only franchise that is more inept and disfunctional is the Raiders. Chilly and Favre have punched the Vikes a one way ticket to L.A. That’s if Al Davis doesn’t beat them to it.

  8. Brett Farve’s arrogance has started to rub off on all these guys. They win ONE playoff game under Childress and now they think they’re so good they don’t need to practice. I can understand the overconfidence in their fanbase, they don’t know any better, but this is getting ridiculous.

  9. OK, JimmySmith & BobNelson, it’s a Vikings article, so you know the drill … let each other up for air long enough to type an ignorant reply, then … heads back down to do what you do best you lovebirds!!

  10. Why does it have to be contract related? I can think of several scenarios in which the player wouldn’t want to share the details of an absence. It probably was a family issue. Or he had to help get the corn planted. Or he had the runs. Relax girls. A real story will come along soon.

  11. When your team’s leader isn’t leading by example, and the head coach doesn’t seem to care, you have to expect these sorts of problems.

  12. I live in Sioux Falls and heard the reason when Chad was in town.
    It isn’t anything to worry about and he is telling the truth about it not being a contract issue.

  13. poiuyt says
    When your team’s leader isn’t leading by example, and the head coach doesn’t seem to care, you have to expect these sorts of problems.
    WHAT?!?!?
    What do you mean your leader isn’t leading by example? How is that possible? Your post doesn’t make any sense. I’m a packer fan and I think your post is dumb. The thing is, Favre IS leading by example. He’s not there, and now nobody thinks they need to be there.
    I’m just saying people, when you make a post, think about it first.

  14. Nonstory. Greenway is an awesome LB tho. 17th pick in 2006 and just compare him to Hawk who was picked FIFTH overall by Ted Thompson. To call Hawk a journeyman would be generous but the next year Thompson goes himself one better and drafts Justin Harrell in the 1st round. Ted Thompson might actually be worse in the draft than he is in free agency.

  15. I heard he has a machine to soak up all the oil in the gulf, but it entails rafting together packer fans with their cheesehead headdress to collect the spillage.
    Really, all they need is the hats, but Greenway won’t sell if the fans aren’t attached…..Dilemma.
    Come on gb aboninations…do the right thing here.
    According to sconney folklore: this kind of act is met with 666 virgins in the after-life….all 1st and 2nd cousins.
    Let it roll, jack!!!

  16. pay the man now or pay him later but he stays in MN. Pay Greenway Zigmont and use the no cap year to cover some cost of what you already know it will cost you.
    Greenway is a stud

  17. My guess is he complained out loud about having to be there in the first place when Favre and Peterson weren’t.

  18. Chad Greenway is one of the most underrated players in the NFL, and also one of the coolest guys in the business. I will be glad to see him back stickin’ on the field.

  19. “The inmates are running the asylum.
    The only franchise that is more inept and disfunctional is the Raiders.”
    Says the Browns fan.

  20. He was having a talk with Dr Phil because he was confused about his sexuality. Being forced to play a masculine sport dressed in purple will do that to a guy. Now you all understand why the Vikes won’t talk about it.

  21. PackFansLikeSheep says:
    June 20, 2010 10:06 PM
    Nonstory. Greenway is an awesome LB tho. 17th pick in 2006 and just compare him to Hawk who was picked FIFTH overall by Ted Thompson. To call Hawk a journeyman would be generous but the next year Thompson goes himself one better and drafts Justin Harrell in the 1st round. Ted Thompson might actually be worse in the draft than he is in free agency……………Rather than live in fantasy land as Viking fans so often do, I went ahead and did a little research of actual FACTS. Here is a side by side of comparison of Greenway (Mr. awesome) and Hawk (the journeyman).
    CAREER STATS:
    TOTAL TACKLES: Greenway 319
    Hawk 400
    SOLO TACKLES: Greenway 244
    Hawk 295
    ASSISTS: Greenway 75
    Hawk 105
    SACKS: Greenway 5.5
    Hawk 8.5
    FORCED FUMBLES: Greenway 6
    Hawk 2
    INT: Greenway 5
    Hawk 5
    So, as we can see, unless you base how good a linebacker is on forced fumbles alone, it’s pretty clear Hawk is the better linebacker. Although, i’m sure things look different through your purple tinted glasses. Sorry I had to throw actual facts at ya bonehead.

  22. MACK DADDY
    Greenway was injured all of his rookie year. Did you take that into account?

  23. Probably a personal issue.
    Haven’t you journalists figured it out yet. There are no schisms in this team, no matter how hard you pray for them.
    Although I do admit AP is probably unhappy that he hasn’t gotten a fat contract extension yet. But that is just common in this league.

  24. Greenway missed a season with a broken leg? with another year Greenway would have better stats

  25. Yeah Mack Daddy you should have just listed the head to head stats for the year Greenway was out with his broken leg, that way Hawk’s numbers would have sounded even more impressive by comparison to Greenways 0’s for that year. But I take it back, Hawk has had an awesome career for a fifth overall draft pick, TT’s picks of Hawk and Harrell in the 1st round in consecutive years prove his stellar drafting ability, TT spares no expense to improve his team, he is not a vampire and he loves him some women.

  26. @ Leroy’sButler
    If the Vikings are a team that is so dysfunctional, why do you constantly post on every article? I got a tip for ya, change your witty username to JimmySmithJr.

  27. Omg made it before Jimmy smith got his pants in a wad over a Vikings story! Hey Jimmy smith your packers suck and your bitterness towards the Vikings team almost makes it sound like you really adore the Vikings and favre. Eat a fat one Jimmy. Put that in your pipe and smoke it lil girl!

  28. Childress shouldn’t even be in charge of himself!
    Got to be the worst coach in the league…

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