Chad Greenway was the Vikings’ first-round draft pick in 2006 and has played his entire career in Minnesota, and the Vikings want to keep him in town this year. But maybe not at his current contract.
Vikings G.M. Rick Spielman told the Star Tribune that there’s no doubt on the team’s side that Greenway is still a valuable part of the franchise.
“We have a lot of things that we’ll be working through between now and before March 10 [when free agents can be signed], but we’d love to have Chad Greenway back and finish [his career] as a Minnesota Viking,” Spielman said.
The catch is that Greenway is due to make $7 million this season, and at age 32, coming off a season in which he missed time because of a broken hand and broken ribs, he may not be worth that kind of money anymore. When Spielman references “things that we’ll be working through,” he’s presumably talking about asking Greenway to take less than $7 million.
Greenway may be willing to do that, as he’s always been happy in Minnesota. But if he’s not willing to do that, he may have to finish his career elsewhere.