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Chad Greenway wants to play one more year, retire with Vikings

Minnesota Vikings outside linebacker Chad Greenway reacts after a tackle during the first half of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Genevieve Ross) AP

Linebacker Chad Greenway wants to play one more season and retire with the Minnesota Vikings.

Greenway, who will be an unrestricted free agent with the beginning of the new league year in March, told Alex Marvez and Phil Savage on Sirius XM NFL Radio that he feels he has one year of football left and wants to finish his career in Minnesota.

“I have one more year of football in me,” Greenway said.

“A goal of mine was to play in one place for my whole career. I want to finish here. The biggest thing is the product I’m putting on the field and continuing to do so at a high level.”

Greenway’s role was reduced a bit last season. He came off the field regularly in passing situations, deferring to the younger, more athletic Eric Kendricks and Anthony Barr instead in nickel situations. He still started 12 of 16 games for the Vikings, but recorded his lowest tackle output of his career with 68 tackles on the season.

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27 Responses to “Chad Greenway wants to play one more year, retire with Vikings”
  1. 33vikes says: Feb 18, 2016 11:10 PM

    Do it. He had a good year.

  2. blahman64 says: Feb 18, 2016 11:16 PM

    He did have one helluva INT return TD last season though.

  3. tremoluxman says: Feb 18, 2016 11:24 PM

    Sign him, Rick. He can be a bridge to the younger guys taking over after next year.

    Chad’s class all the way.

  4. jimmysee says: Feb 18, 2016 11:33 PM

    In the age of gypsy sell-you-services-to-the-highest-bidder, that’s laudable.

    Does Chad and his family live in the community? He could move into the broadcast booth when his playing days are over.

  5. billclintonspetkraken says: Feb 18, 2016 11:36 PM

    Keep him, a veteran presence does wonders for the young dudes. Just look at how Woodson helped that defense, even if he wasn’t the same dominant force.

  6. theallegedone says: Feb 18, 2016 11:57 PM

    Cmon Vikes, keep him around. He deserves it. Mentor and veteran presence. Do right by him.

  7. cootermomma says: Feb 19, 2016 12:04 AM

    Solid, stand up guy…make it happen! he has took his cuts already. Lets see a vikings team do what is right!

  8. tfootball1234 says: Feb 19, 2016 12:10 AM

    maybe not at the level of 58 from the panthers but pay the man. guys like that are hard to replace.

  9. jbvikes says: Feb 19, 2016 12:11 AM

    Great leader And locker guy. Will have to take another pay cut.

  10. bcknights says: Feb 19, 2016 12:15 AM

    I would like to see one more year Chad. Go Vikings! Go Hawkeyes!

  11. averagewu says: Feb 19, 2016 12:19 AM

    Do it. I was anti-Greenway last offseason, but he took a big paycut and played well, definitely worth his salary cap/hit. Barr and Kendricks are the linebackers in the nickel, so don’t need to draft LB early. Bring back a solid vet cheap!

  12. tylawspick6 says: Feb 19, 2016 12:27 AM

    As a Pats fan, I always liked the way he played. Cerebral player.

    He shouldn’t hang it up so quick, even with 1 year left in his mind.

  13. 6kings says: Feb 19, 2016 1:02 AM

    Stud. Class. One more year, and ride off into the sunset on a wagon pulled by Jared Allen.

  14. douchebigelow says: Feb 19, 2016 1:04 AM

    Obviously he’s not interested in winning a ring

  15. purpleandgoldforever says: Feb 19, 2016 1:54 AM

    He will be back. The Vikings are not going to let him go to the Packers to replace Fabio…….

  16. teamnorsecore says: Feb 19, 2016 2:27 AM

    Bring #52 back for one more year. He is a class act on and off the field.

  17. 1pavikingfan says: Feb 19, 2016 2:40 AM

    I hope so too. Hope he stays and retires a Viking!

  18. viking1961 says: Feb 19, 2016 4:18 AM

    these people with “thumbs down” comments are nothing but packer trolls jealous of CHAD & VIKINGS….. CLASS ACT ANYWAY YOU SLICE IT ……!!!!

  19. yogiberra111 says: Feb 19, 2016 4:58 AM

    Agree with previous comments. At the right price he is well worth another year both for his part time play and as a mentor to young players.

  20. vikingforlife says: Feb 19, 2016 7:33 AM

    Not only does Chad still have some gas in the tank, but his leadership and knowledge will continue to go a LONG way with all the young talent on this Vikings team. He is a stand-up guy who was chosen to represent our team in the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. Listen Management, it would not only show Chad, the team, the fans, but the entire league that LOYALTY still means something!

  21. gtodriver says: Feb 19, 2016 7:50 AM

    He played well enough in a reduced capacity to earn the right to one more year.

    Yeah, he’s a little slower. But he’s football smart.

    Has a great work ethic and as already mentioned – can help groom his replacement.

  22. tokyosandblaster says: Feb 19, 2016 9:42 AM

    So he doesn’t care about getting a ring.

    Shoot for the stars!

    (Unless you’re a Viking!)


  23. bobnelsonjr says: Feb 19, 2016 10:43 AM

    Greenway is too slow to be starter and back ups are usually young guys learning the position. The team would be stupid to keep a backup that would only be around for one season.

    At least when he hangs up his cleats he can boast that during his long career the vikings won one playoff game.

  24. whatjusthapped says: Feb 19, 2016 12:52 PM

    I watched him play last year and I thought he stayed on a year too long. But I can imagine that the Vikings will resign him, NFL ability is not necessarily a required attribute to wear a purple uniform as evidenced by a list of players too long to mention here.

  25. filthymcnasty3 says: Feb 19, 2016 1:03 PM

    One day he’ll be able to look back fondly upon his Viking career, and that single career playoff win back in 2009.

  26. 46namredyps11 says: Mar 1, 2016 7:06 PM

    A good but not great player in terms of his career and unlike a certain future HoF QB there aren’t any tea bag issues hiding around the corner. Keep him around for one more year. I wouldn’t say it’s likely he’ll get a ring but on a team that plays good defense strange things can happen, just ask Eli.

  27. vikingforlife says: Mar 2, 2016 7:20 AM

    Talk about class and commitment-this guy has it. He also has the talent and the knowledge to bring up the young guys. Zim and Rick know it. They also know the fan base. We LOVE Chad! He and his wife have done so much for the community and other charities! Do what it takes, Chad knows the business, and he wants to stay here, so he knows it might not be the “prettiest” of deals, but make it enough to get him to stay guys!!! He is worth it, don’t you think????

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