Chad Greenway says Vikings cut Alex Boone because he was out of shape

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The Vikings paid Alex Boone $3.4 million in guaranteed money on his $6.6 million deal to go away. Former Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway thinks he knows the reason: Boone was out of shape.

“I had heard through some players that I know that are out there every day that said he came back not the Alex Boone of old, a little bit out of shape, and wasn’t really prepared for the season, and I thought that was pretty interesting,” Greenway said on KFAN, via Chris Tomasson of the Twin Cities Pioneer Press.

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer was asked about Greenway’s comment and couldn’t confirm or deny, saying only, “I don’t know that Chad was in any of the meetings or the other players when we talked about cut to 53.”

Greenway retired after the 2016 season, spending last season with Boone after the Vikings signed the guard to a four-year, $26.8 million deal in the offseason. Boone signed with the Cardinals on Tuesday after his release from the Vikings.

“It really did surprise me,” Greenway said on Boone being released. “I like Boone. I played with him last year. I thought he brought a really good mentality to the offensive line. I am surprised they ate that much guaranteed money, but that tells me that something was clearly off with his game, with his style of play, that they said, ‘We have to just eat this and move on and go to a younger player and see how that works.’”

28 responses to “Chad Greenway says Vikings cut Alex Boone because he was out of shape

  1. The oline should be noticeably better this year. But they lack depth. If the injury bug hits again this thing could go south fast. I don’t think you can count on Hill or Isadora to play for any length of time at this stage of their careers and anyone who thinks Mike Remmers is the answer at RT needs their head checked. The guy is the Matt Kalil of RTs.

  2. So clearly Boone wanted out of Loserville and went to extreme non-effort to make it happen. I’m not blaming him. Now he gets paid by two teams, and has a chance to be on a good team as a bonus.

  3. Agree with Zimmer. I don’t think Greenway knows much about why, and should probably speak in such a fashion.
    As for the cheesers piping in… talk is cheap. I’m looking forward to my team vs yours.

  4. I don’t see any evidence that this OL will be much better than last year’s OL. They looked truly awful all 4 preseason games. I thought the Vikings would be improved this year – but it seems they’re starting to underwhelm early this year. Even for them. 🙂

  5. djvh2 says:
    September 8, 2017 at 5:00 pm
    So clearly Boone wanted out of Loserville and went to extreme non-effort to make it happen.

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    Kind of like Lacey and greenbay

  6. So, he was fat-shamed out of his job……..and they paid him anyway, just like they did Peterson. It sounds like they are astute money managers. Good job.

  7. I would say cutting Boone is addition by subtraction, but that’s what I said last year when Kalil got hurt. Then every other offensive lineman on the team got hurt. Eventually, addition by subtraction turns into just plain subtraction.

    I’m sure the reason they asked Boone to take a pay cut was because they decided to start Easton and they weren’t going to pay that kind of money to a backup. He would be nice to have around as a backup, but I’m looking forward to seeing what the new starters can do. If you don’t think they’re better than the third-stringers they were starting last year, you’ll probably be surprised but I don’t know why.

  8. I’m sure Spielman and Zim are bummed with Greenway, as the Vikes don’t like trashing players after their release. Hell, they didn’t even trash Percy Harvin after the Hawks’ trade. Boone’s post-release remarks were pretty subdued too — but I doubt he’ll pass on Greenway’s comments.

    As to the cap and money implications, the Vikes have the cap finances down just fine thank you. It’s not like they’re “astutely” fronting cash to retain a team full of players and/or coaches that have been busted for DUI and illegal drug possession the last 2 years like some other NFCN opponents. . . .

  9. @flvikingfan

    Kind of like Lacey and green bay
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    Lacy was actually having a pretty good year before the injury, but I know you’re not concerned about facts.

  10. irishgary says:
    September 8, 2017 at 6:17 pm
    @flvikingfan

    Kind of like Lacey and green bay
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    Lacy was actually having a pretty good year before the injury, but I know you’re not concerned about facts.

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    I could care less about facts. He was having a great year for a 337 lb. RB

  11. Boone was out of shape because his knee is shot. He was in and out of the lineup all year last year. He played through it the best he could but this is a business. It’s to bad because he has the mentality to do the job well but when the body doesn’t work right it’s hard. No hard feelings toward him it just is what it is.

  12. flviking says:
    September 8, 2017 at 5:34 pm
    djvh2 says:
    September 8, 2017 at 5:00 pm
    So clearly Boone wanted out of Loserville and went to extreme non-effort to make it happen.

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    Kind of like Lacey and greenbay
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    Lacy got fat in Green Bay. He was fat shamed by his coach and did not respond yet they wanted him back and he chose to leave for a better, healthier place for himself.

    Boone showed up from 1 offseason out of shape and was cut. No talking or shaming or begging. Cut.

    The two are nothing alike.

  13. Boone isn’t out shape, he has looked great thus far in Arizona. The reason he was cut had nothing to do with being out of shape, its that he doesn’t fit Pat Shurmur’s zone blocking offense, at 6″8/320pd Boone is a power guard and has always been at his best in power based systems, which Arizona runs a bunch of and will run much more this season with Boehm and Boone on the roster. Boone is a very good power scheme OG, he isn’t an ideal ZBS guard. He ranked very highly in pass protection last season but ranked just average as a run blocker because he doesn’t have the athleticism to constantly be moving side to side run blocking in a zone system. In Arizona’s offense a guard like Boone will be much better, he can still play at an above average caliber both as pass-protector and run blocker in a power scheme. This is just like his 7th year in the league.

  14. “Liberalsruineverything says:

    Boone was out of shape because his knee is shot. He was in and out of the lineup all year last year. He played through it the best he could but this is a business. It’s to bad because he has the mentality to do the job well but when the body doesn’t work right it’s hard. No hard feelings toward him it just is what it is.”

    I agree.

  15. Signing Free Agents is a risky proposition but having to eat $3.5M in cap space really handcuffs your team. That means not only did you swing and miss, but now you have less money to keep your own players who are worth the money but have expiring contracts.

    But I maintain that not ever winning a Superbowl cannot be limited to just one single factor. But certainly the poor performance of the GM is right up there as far as contributing to the 56 year string of no championships.

  16. I’m not sure why Packer fans refer to MN as loserville. After all, 5 NBA championships and 2 World series have been won here. The Gophers even have 7 national championships (6 of them were before the end of WWII, but to a Packer fan, that shouldn’t matter).

  17. The Vikings will be the Vikings, nothing more than avg, and after the season the trophy case will look the same, empty.

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