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Vikings extend Chad Greenway

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

Chad Greenway will stick with the Minnesota Vikings for years to come.

The Vikings announced today that Greenway has agreed to a contract extension. There’s no word on the length of the contract or how much Greenway will get paid, but the announcement says the 28-year-old Greenway will be with the Vikings “for the foreseeable future.”

Jason La Canfora of NFL Network reports that it’s a five-year deal.

Greenway signed his one-year franchise tender in March, meaning he would have played this season for a base salary of $10.1 million without a long-term deal.

The Vikings’ leading tackler the last three seasons, Greenway was chosen as the team’s defensive MVP last year. Greenway was the Vikings’ first-round pick (17th overall) in 2006, but he missed his entire rookie year after suffering a torn ACL in the preseason. Since 2007, however, he hasn’t missed a game. And now the Vikings expect to have him for a long time.

UPDATE: Jeremy Fowler of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports Greenway will $20 million guaranteed.  W0w.  He’ll make $41 million over five years.  As always, we’ll wait to see the full details before saying anything beyond “wow.”

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35 Responses to “Vikings extend Chad Greenway”
  1. contra74 says: Sep 5, 2011 2:00 PM

    A great move by the Vikings. Glad to hear that the Vikings D leader is signed to a long-term deal. Rick Spielman has an eye for talent and makes sure it stays in-house. In Vikings Front Office we trust!

  2. firerogergoodell says: Sep 5, 2011 2:01 PM

    It’s a 5 year extension, but the money details still haven’t been released. Good job front office, NOW PAY ADRIAN PETERSON!

  3. vikesfan0717 says: Sep 5, 2011 2:04 PM

    This is great news for Vikings fans ! Minnesota loves Chad Greenway !

  4. football2011 says: Sep 5, 2011 2:09 PM

    A prelude to signing Peterson. Good job Spielman.

  5. textexington says: Sep 5, 2011 2:16 PM

    The Vikings have no chance of resigning AP since CJ sent the asking price sky high. I’m sure AP wants to win a championship or two also. God know knows that will never happen in Minnehaha(0-4 in Superbowls LOL!!!!) GO Pack GO!!!

  6. talkintrashallday says: Sep 5, 2011 2:25 PM

    This guy’s as over-rated as the new iPad. How many pro-bowls has he been to? Defensive MVP on the Vikings has as much value as….Defensive MVP on the Vikings!

  7. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 5, 2011 2:28 PM

    One of the few smart moves they’ve made. This guy is a beast. Watch them try to lowball young All Day after the season though.

  8. brewdogg says: Sep 5, 2011 3:01 PM

    talkintrashallday says:
    Sep 5, 2011 2:25 PM
    This guy’s as over-rated as the new iPad. How many pro-bowls has he been to? Defensive MVP on the Vikings has as much value as….Defensive MVP on the Vikings!
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    Funny….usually, when people who are actually getting paid to give their analysis of football speak of Greenway, they usually call him underrated. But I’m sure you’re right. What do they know? It’s only their professional reputation that goes into their opinion. I am much more likely to trust an anonymous troll on a blog.

  9. vikes8480 says: Sep 5, 2011 3:04 PM

    textexington, it must be nice to be a seasonal fan and always pick a winner. You’ll never be disappointed when you’re a bandwagon fan and I’ve seen plenty of supposed Packer fanatics since February.

    I suppose last year at this time you were saying “Geaux Saints”….. Tool.

  10. fwippel says: Sep 5, 2011 3:06 PM

    About time. Greenway and Henderson make the LBs the best part of the Viking defense.

    Now, on to Peterson.

  11. welzy says: Sep 5, 2011 3:07 PM

    As a Packer fan, I was hoping you would mess this up. Dammit! Greenway was necessary, nice job signing him.

  12. vikefan says: Sep 5, 2011 3:41 PM

    i’ll consider this move average to above average now……but questions linger like……
    why did they not just do this last year and avoid a ridiculous overpriced 10 mil franchise tag on him?

    he is a very good average LB but do not think elite yet? while he leads the team in tackles consistenly thats cause kevin & jared r doing dirty work up front 4 him but not getting nuff tackles themselves

    & when was last time anyone saw him trying to defend a running back or TE in passing situations? his talent in these situations is less than desireable, cannot keep up with decent speed

    & this better mean that they are in the works to long term #28 as well. to me this is kinda puttin the cart b4 the horse as #28 should be higher on the list than greenway.

    greenway is a very good above average linebacker but a little overpaid at this time. apperently the team thoughtmuch more of him than sidney rice

  13. jebdamone says: Sep 5, 2011 3:42 PM

    seems like a pretty hefty contract for a guy i thought was gonna happily take a hometown discount, but i still can’t complain about it. greenway is a great player, great guy and a true MN guy (even though hes from SD). whoever said on here that he is overrated, obviously had no business posting on here.
    boy i sure hope we can still sign the franchise for as many years…

  14. frymn810 says: Sep 5, 2011 3:44 PM

    Yep AP is next now! … Oh and for those who don’t know AP is actually making just as much as CJ this year so an extension won’t hurt much otherwise we always have the franchise tag!

  15. vikesorgtfo says: Sep 5, 2011 3:47 PM

    Relatively speaking, they got a deal on him. Knowing their cap situation, looking at the success he’s had there, and realizing next year it will be AP getting the tag, I’m sure he sensed the urgency. Good signing Vikes!

  16. bzeller says: Sep 5, 2011 4:03 PM

    Another Packer fan chiming in on Viking news……..have never seen a more insecure bunch of band wagon jumping fans in my life….. Greenway is a class act !

  17. drstrangelust says: Sep 5, 2011 4:12 PM

    Chad Greenway is a monster! And just think…he didn’t even have to do HGH like your boy Clay Matthews, to become a great NFL player!

  18. kibawib says: Sep 5, 2011 4:22 PM

    Textington–don’t worry AP will re-sign. He gets too much pleasure running over and through Packers, Lions and Bears. Many HoF-worthy highlight runs left in his tank. If I were you I’d be more worried about the Saints (who your squad was able to duck in the playoffs last year) than who the Vikes sign. Don’t worry though, with Childress gone we’ll give the puckers all they can handle.

  19. welzy says: Sep 5, 2011 5:14 PM

    bzeller says:Sep 5, 2011 4:03 PM

    Another Packer fan chiming in on Viking news……..have never seen a more insecure bunch of band wagon jumping fans in my life….. Greenway is a class act !
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    Don’t lump all Packer fans together and I won’t lump all Viking fans together, OK? My brother is a Viking fan, so I am forced to stay on top of your team moves. I’ll give the Vikings love when they earn it. This move definitely deserves some love. I await the Peterson contract now.

  20. welzy says: Sep 5, 2011 5:30 PM

    drstrangelust says:Sep 5, 2011 4:12 PM

    Chad Greenway is a monster! And just think…he didn’t even have to do HGH like your boy Clay Matthews, to become a great NFL player!
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    I will give credit when deserved and smack a turd when deserved. You make it difficult for an observer to try to have an intelligent conversation with your fans. I will try to believe you represent the minority, not the majority.

  21. textexington says: Sep 5, 2011 5:39 PM

    Has Matthews ever tested positive Viqueen nation?

  22. textexington says: Sep 5, 2011 5:43 PM

    vikes8480,no mam I have been cheering for the Packers since 1989. We Packer fans stick with our team though thick and thin. Unlike Viqueen fans who can’t even sell out for playoff games without some help:/ Go Pack Go!!!

  23. welzy says: Sep 5, 2011 5:47 PM

    Tex, you’re killing me here…

  24. joker65 says: Sep 5, 2011 6:30 PM

    1989 huh? Just about when the Pack got interesting again after 20 years of sucking…..sounds about right.

  25. minnyjoe says: Sep 5, 2011 6:34 PM

    Tex, has Barry Bonds ever tested positive for anything? Next your going to tell me he used performance enhacing drugs.

  26. textexington says: Sep 5, 2011 7:02 PM

    You gals are just sore because the Packers have Matthews and the Viqueefs don’t.LOL! GO Pack GO!

  27. favreblows says: Sep 5, 2011 7:14 PM

    I hope to God the Vikes sign AP. RB is the most overrated position in football…..and AP is bound to get busted up soon. Once injury prone…..always injury prone. If they were smart, they would have traded him for picks and blew this mess up when they had a chance. One of the worst run organizations in pro sports. I don’t know who is dumber…..Spielman or Hargis.

  28. threedeep1998 says: Sep 5, 2011 7:18 PM

    Chad Greenway is a great Linebacker and a great player for the Vikings to keep. Nobody in Vikings history will be like JR or any of the old school defensive dudes. Greenway is just solid and never makes me gasp when he’s around the play

  29. packerzman says: Sep 5, 2011 7:48 PM

    if Ponder turns out to be the real deal…and there is nothing to prove that he won’t be..the Vikings as crazy as it may sound might let AP walk and get Ponder some help at reciever and on the O line…the games changed in the last 15-20 years and all pro running backs in the big scheme of things have become overrated,overpaid and very very replaceable.

  30. epetk says: Sep 5, 2011 7:57 PM

    The argument that Greenway is overrated because he doesn’t make pro-bowl or all-pro teams is ridiculous. He plays outside LB in a 4-3. Unless you’re name is Lance Briggs then fans and writers aren’t voting for your ass. They love the 3-4 LBs that put up all those big, shiny sacks.

  31. claymatthewsloveshgh says: Sep 5, 2011 8:03 PM

    Holy God Packer rubes are idiots!

  32. indianheadmeatpackingcompany says: Sep 5, 2011 8:44 PM

    GREAT NEWS!

  33. johnsticle says: Sep 6, 2011 9:05 AM

    Good job, front office. Now go out there and get Farwell back please….

  34. mj5150 says: Sep 6, 2011 12:12 PM

    vikefan says:
    greenway is a very good above average linebacker but a little overpaid at this time. apperently the team thoughtmuch more of him than sidney rice

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    Yeah DUH!! Rice had ONE complete season- no one else was lining up to overpay him besides Seattle-LOL

  35. mineallmine001 says: Sep 6, 2011 7:36 PM

    joker65 says:Sep 5, 2011 6:30 PM

    1989 huh? Just about when the Pack got interesting again after 20 years of sucking…..sounds about right.

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    Thats nice. Now tell me have the vikings ever not sucked? How many championships and superbowls have they(vikings) won?

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