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Vikings place franchise tag on Chad Greenway

Vikings' Greenway dives for an incomplete pass from the Eagles during the third quarter of their NFL football game in Philadelphia

The Vikings have made the first big decision in an offseason full of questions.

The team announced they will use the franchise tag on linebacker Chad Greenway, quickly confirming reports by Josina Anderson and Adam Schefter.

“Chad’s an important part of our team and his play speaks for itself. He’s productive and has continued to improve each year he has been in the NFL,” said coach Leslie Frazier.

Wide receiver Sidney Rice was believed to be a candidate for the tag, but Greenway was clearly valued more.  Jason La Canfora of NFL Network reports the team doesn’t plan to use the transition tag on Rice as of now.

Using the tag on Greenway makes a strong statement about the steady linebacker.  The franchise number for linebackers is expected to be close to $10 million, which is a big number considering the Tampa 2 defense helps to inflate stats for linebackers.  Greenway hasn’t made a Pro Bowl isn’t a huge factor on passing downs, although he is seen as a team leader.

Minnesota will likely try to lower Greenway’s base salary by reaching a long-term deal after a new CBA is reached.

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23 Responses to “Vikings place franchise tag on Chad Greenway”
  1. connorchew says: Feb 21, 2011 1:10 PM

    damn. i really wanted the eagles to sign this guy.

  2. drstrangelust says: Feb 21, 2011 1:13 PM

    First smart thing Ziggy has done since firing Chilly!

  3. heyooooh says: Feb 21, 2011 1:15 PM

    Do the Vikes realize they are not required to use the Franchise tag? Greenway is a nice player, but not what you’d call a “franchise” money player. He must be thrilled to get the tag. He wasn’t going to get that type of guaranteed first-year money in free agency.

  4. shaggytoodle says: Feb 21, 2011 1:24 PM

    Its deffinetly a good deal for Greenway.

    I don’t know, if its a good deal for the Vikings though, while Greenway is a solid LB I don’t know if he is one of the top LBs in the NFC, let alone worth top 5 money in the league.

    I think its pretty clear that the sides will try to work out a long term solution, the Vikings would look really silly if they tried treat him as Vincent Jackson.

  5. hobartbaker says: Feb 21, 2011 1:25 PM

    Chad is cruising down the “Green” Way.

  6. dbellina says: Feb 21, 2011 1:32 PM

    Actually heyooooh, Greenway has been an awesome player for us. I was thinking that they would resign Greenway, and use the tag on Sid, since he might be more likely to sign with another team. Greenway deserves a new contract and I hope he stays on the Vikings for a very long time.

  7. mattduchene says: Feb 21, 2011 1:46 PM

    People are making him sound like a bum…

    “Tampa 2 defense helps to inflate stats for linebackers” – 144 tackles this year (4th overall in the league), averaged 9 tackles a game, infated or not, that is a great accomplishment.

    “isn’t a huge factor on passing downs” – He made huge strides in his pass coverage ability and actually made many plays on passing downs… the injured CBs struggled more than him in coverage. Did you watch the Vikings games?

    “hasn’t made a Pro Bowl” – who cares? It’s a popularity contest, not who are the best players…

    Great decision by Spielman and Frazier, a lot of more moves to make however, put the transition tag on Rice, if somebody wants to pay this injury plagued WR then at least get some great draft picks out of the deal.

  8. edenprairieballer says: Feb 21, 2011 1:57 PM

    Good move, Greenway is a baller. Perhaps the most underrated LB in the league.

  9. tecmobowl34 says: Feb 21, 2011 2:07 PM

    5 LB’s in the NFC North better than Chad Greenway:

    Clay Matthews
    Brian Urlacher
    Lance Briggs
    Nick Barnett
    EJ Henderson

    I’m pretty sure the Lions have a guy better than Greenway too, but I don’t pay much attention to the Lions.

  10. jebdamone says: Feb 21, 2011 2:11 PM

    “The franchise number for linebackers is expected to be close to $10 million, which is a big number considering the Tampa 2 defense helps to inflate stats for linebackers. Greenway hasn’t made a Pro Bowl isn’t a huge factor on passing downs, although he is seen as a team leader.”

    why don’t you tell us how you really feel gregg? i couldn’t disagree with you more. chad is young, has improved greatly every year and is already one of the premiere LBs in the NFL. 144 tackles is no joke regardless of what position he plays. i still think the vikes will sign him long term in the off season, they probably just did this to show him how important he was to them and they didn’t want anyone else getting in his ear.
    this does put a bit of a hamper on us signing sid…im hoping we do still put the transitional tag on him. he is going to be a huge commodity when/if free agency begins.

  11. ilpackerbacker says: Feb 21, 2011 2:15 PM

    Damn, this sucks. I was hoping they’d put the franchise tag on Favre. You know, so we can all see Favre fail three years in a row, at “sticking it” to Ted Thompson, LOL.

    I hope his retirement works out better than McNair’s did. Favre better stay home with his wife. P*ssy gets more men killed every year, than anything else. Sadly, that’s what happened to McNair.

  12. ncsteve83 says: Feb 21, 2011 2:34 PM

    With the free agent talent pool so low on wide receivers this year, its gonna be hard on the vikings if they lose Sidney Rice. He was a top-10 WR before his injury, and he should be 100% going into this year coming up.

    San Diego has already tagged V.JAX

    Here are the other viable free agent WR’s:

    Santonio Holmes, Braylon Edwards, Malcolm Floyd, Giants Steve Smith, T.O, Randy Moss, Mie Williams, James Jones, Steve Breaston, Mike Sims-Walker.

    None of them have the talent, youth, and character that Sidney brings. Who on the list above could even come close to replacing Rice. In my opnion, nobody.

    If they dont tag rice with the transition tag, and end up losing him, its going to hurt. I am not a vikings fan, so I would like him to leave, but the vikings need to look at whats out there and realize just how much they need Rice.

  13. 305phinphan says: Feb 21, 2011 2:41 PM

    At least Sidney Rice will hit the market now.

  14. somisseagle says: Feb 21, 2011 2:56 PM

    TO? Braylon Edwards? Randy Moss?

    PFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFT.

  15. crabcakeandfootball1 says: Feb 21, 2011 3:01 PM

    5 ILB better than Greenway:

    Patrick Willins
    John Beason
    Lofton (ATL)
    London Fletcher
    Urlacher

    and arguably EJ, Laurenitis, and Ruud. Greenway is still underrated but no way a top 5 ILB in the NFC.

  16. uncommon1 says: Feb 21, 2011 3:26 PM

    @tecmobowl

    You’re high. You wanna talk about inflated stats, look at Clay Matthews. There is no question that he is an elite pass rusher. But elite linebacker? not even close. He’s average against the run and below average in coverage.
    Before I get all the hater comments, I want to point out that I know Matthews incredible value to the Packers D. He’s bettter then anyone could have expected. He is a playmaker when he crashes the line of scrimmage. Not taking anything away from him, but he’s about as complete at LB as I am at satisfying a woman. Amazingly 1 dimesnional

  17. ginginjail says: Feb 21, 2011 3:56 PM

    crabcakeandfootball1 says:
    Feb 21, 2011 3:01 PM
    5 ILB better than Greenway:

    Patrick Willins
    John Beason
    Lofton (ATL)
    London Fletcher
    Urlacher

    and arguably EJ, Laurenitis, and Ruud. Greenway is still underrated but no way a top 5 ILB in the NFC
    —————————————————

    why are we comparing him to ILB’s, he plays outside, infact one guy u listed ej henderson plays inside on greenways own team

  18. vikefan says: Feb 21, 2011 4:02 PM

    This was a lose/lose all along for the vikings. they need to keep some assemblance of a core because of high turnover for next year but he is definetely not a franchise tag player (at least not proven so yet). Yes, he is very steady in leading team with tackles past 2 years, but cannot run with a running back or tight end in passing situations and drops WAY too many turnover chances to be an actual PLAYMAKER OR GAMECHANGER, which is what i believe the franchise tag is really meant for. I wish the vikes would have used it on rice instead but listen to radio this am and appear to be red flags with his hip regarding long term effectiveness. Guess the history on hip surgeries is not good aka bo jackson and that is what the front office may be looking at. Either way if ur the vikes ur damned if u do and damned if u dont on this one.

  19. PurpleRaid18 says: Feb 21, 2011 5:29 PM

    “Greenway is still underrated but no way a top 5 ILB in the NFC”
    ____________________________________

    Guess it’d be hard to be a top 5 ILB if you’re a top 5 Outside Linebacker…

  20. tecmobowl34 says: Feb 21, 2011 6:59 PM

    uncommon1 says:
    Feb 21, 2011 3:26 PM
    @tecmobowl

    You’re high. You wanna talk about inflated stats, look at Clay Matthews. There is no question that he is an elite pass rusher. But elite linebacker? not even close. He’s average against the run and below average in coverage.
    Before I get all the hater comments, I want to point out that I know Matthews incredible value to the Packers D. He’s bettter then anyone could have expected. He is a playmaker when he crashes the line of scrimmage. Not taking anything away from him, but he’s about as complete at LB as I am at satisfying a woman. Amazingly 1 dimesnional

    ______________________________

    you’re right about one thing. I am high

  21. brewdogg says: Feb 22, 2011 2:53 AM

    tecmobowl34 says: Feb 21, 2011 2:07 PM

    5 LB’s in the NFC North better than Chad Greenway:

    Clay Matthews
    Brian Urlacher
    Lance Briggs
    Nick Barnett
    EJ Henderson

    I’m pretty sure the Lions have a guy better than Greenway too, but I don’t pay much attention to the Lions.

    ————————————————-

    I’ll give you Matthews (for impact to team, not overall play….he’s a pass rusher with a lot of work to do in other facets) and Briggs. Urlacher when he was younger, but not anymore. Better than Barnett and Henderson. Henderson has said so himself.

  22. goombar2 says: Feb 23, 2011 6:25 AM

    Lots of tackles 7-10 yards down field on a crappy team isn’t impressive, sorry vike fans. $10 million thrown at that is the same as throwing $20 mil at a 41 yo Qb – a waste of money. But hey, vike fans like him so bring on the Brinks trucks!

    Poor way to run a team, no chance to win when you’re being silly with money. But whatever fills the Metro Dump, huh?

    Lovin’ the hate on Mathews! Haven’t seen that much hate since Favre was a Packer pulling a can of whoop-azz every Sunday against the vikes. But boy, when he became the vike QB you’d swear he finally was decent even though he was a washed up has been. Taking donations for a billboard, suckers? I’ll give to that!

    Imagine if the vikes had Mathews, Ziggy would be giving him 35 mil and all you loser bowlers would be talking ’bout how great he is… 50 years of loser bowl ball, why do anything different now!

  23. brewdogg says: Feb 23, 2011 9:44 PM

    Hey goombar, didn’t I talk to you about your homerism?

    Let’s review…. Through 4 years, Greenway averages 6.3 tackles (5.5 solo) per game, on a D that allowed 3.6 ypc and 5.1 yds/play over that time (which makes me scratch my head on the whole 7-10 yds downfield claim…). Matthews has matched that in exactly 4 games in his career. That’s right, your hero only matches the average of the guy you’re ripping twice a year. But he doesn’t have the sacks, right? We are talking about linebackers now, not DEs, right? Oh yeah, he has 7 FFs and 5 ints, compared to 3 FFs and 1 int for Matthews. So, aside from the fact that the defensive gameplan for the Packers centered around finding ways to get Matthews in the QBs face, what exactly are you basing your conclusion on? Oh, right, the color of their jersey…..

    You deserve every bit of the pity I feel for you right now.

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