On Monday morning the Vikings announced that they’ve designated Chad Greenway as their franchise player, which means the LB will be tendered a guaranteed 1-year contract for the 2011 season. Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier said Greenway has improved each year in Minnesota and continues to be a team leader on and off the field.
This afternoon, Greenway has chimed in on the matter, too, and seems excited for the opportunity to play for Frazier as well as the opportunity to hopefully work out a long-term agreement with the Vikings that will leave him in Minnesota for years to come.
“I’m happy to know that the Vikings value me enough to make this move,” Greenway said. “I look forward to this season and playing for Coach Frazier, Coach Pagac and Coach Singletary. It’s been a goal of mine since getting drafted to play with the Vikings my whole career. I think we’re one step closer to that now. My family and I love living in the Twin Cities and I want to be a part of the Vikings for years to come. I feel like the team has a bright future and I want to be a part of that.”
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LB Chad Greenway was slated to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, meaning there was a chance one of the team’s youngest and best players would become a different team’s young, best player. But on Monday the Vikings eliminated that scenario from possibility by designating the tackling machine as their franchise player.
Hopefully applying the franchise tag to Greenway is the first step in what will culminate in a long-term contract agreement between the LB and the Vikings.
“Chad’s an important part of our team and his play speaks for itself,” Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier said. “He’s productive and has continued to improve each year he has been in the NFL. He’s a leader for us in the locker room and on the field.”
Greenway is a 6-year veteran and has led the team in tackles for 3 straight seasons. He was recognized by his teammates as the 2010 Vikings Defensive MVP. Greenway notched 149 tackles in 2010, just shy of his career-high 150 stops in 2008.
The durable Greenway has not missed a game from 2007-10 as the full-time starter and has a nose for the ball, posting 6.5 career sacks, 7 fumble recoveries and 5 INTs. After missing his rookie season in 2006 with a preseason knee injury, Greenway has averaged 139 tackles per season.
As the club’s franchise player, Greenway will be tendered a 1-year guaranteed contract that will pay him 120% of last year’s salary or the average of the top 5 highest-paid players at his position, whichever is higher. It’ll be money well spent for the Vikings because Greenway has played at a high level during his time in Minnesota and his career path remains on the rise.
One of the most active players in community outreach through his Lead The Way Foundation, Greenway has annually hosted the Greenway Gridiron Gallop 5k race and is active with Make-A-Wish. In 2008 he donated $100,000 to Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD.
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The QB Collection began a week ago with 5 names of potential starting QBs for the Vikings in 2011 (and hopefully beyond) and has since grown to a list of 16 names. The latest update added 5 names to the mix and the complete list can be seen by clicking here.
The names added to the list on Monday were: Matt Flynn, Colin Kaepernick, Matt Leinart, Christian Ponder and Ricky Stanzi.
For those of you who are visiting the QB Collection for the first time, here’s a brief explanation of what we’re doing here. There are many names that will be mentioned in connection with the Vikings QB position this offseason, from draft-eligible players to potential free agents or trade acquisitions. In order to keep up with the speculation and stay up-to-date on the names, we’ve created The QB Collection, a page on vikings.com that contains a running list of names tied to the Vikings by NFL observers in the media and by fans who correspond with vikings.com.
The QBs will be listed in alphabetical order and this list will continue to grow as the NFL draft draws closer.
Do you have a name you’d like to add? Or do you have a comment/question about a name already on the list? If so, let us hear it by either posting your thoughts in the comments section below this blog entry or by sending an email to Mike Wobschall (email@example.com).
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When reports of the Indianapolis Colts releasing 7-year veteran S Bob Sanders came out Friday morning, many wondered if the Vikings would pursue the 2007 NFL Defensive Player of the Year.
The Vikings personnel staff has been prepping for free agency and the NFL Scouting Combine and is sure to be well aware of Sanders’ release. But will the Vikings indeed pursue the former impactful SS who’s been plagued with injuries for the past 3 seasons?
The biggest question here is if Sanders can recover from knee and biceps injuries to make his presence known in 2011. Since recording a career-year in 2007 with 96 tackles, 3.5 sacks and 2 INTs – garnering the top defensive player award – Sanders has made only 9 starts while missing 39 games.
What makes it easy to link Sanders to the Vikings is the fact that Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frasier was Sanders’ position coach with the Colts. Acquiring Sanders sounds intriguing, but talking with free agents during this uncertain climate of labor negotiations makes it tough to foresee how the Vikings, as well as other teams, will address players such as the former Colts safety.
Prevailing thought prior to the 2010 NFL Draft was that the Vikings needed to selected a CB with their top pick – which they did by drafting Chris Cook as their 1st selection in the 2nd round. As we wait for this year’s draft, popular vote for the Vikings top pick is focused on finding a franchise QB and adding a player to the secondary in a later round. Remember, though, that the Vikings have gone into recent drafts with the mentality of selecting the best available player, so reaching for a player at a certain position is an unlikely move.
But when we consider selecting a CB or a S, it seems practical for the Vikings to find a quality player at said positions during the later rounds of the draft IF they even select a player from the secondary. Reason behind this thought is that 12-year veteran CB Antoine Winfield doesn’t seem to be taking any steps backwards after recording his 3rd consecutive Pro Bowl season, Cedric Griffin will return after a debilitating ACL injury, Chris Cook will also return after suffering knee injuries during his rookie season and S Husain Abdullah has proven, in my eyes, a worthy candidate for a starting position in 2011. Abdullah missed only 1 game in 2010 due to a concussion and tied for a team lead in INTs with 3.
As we look forward to the 2011 season, the Vikings secondary has a solid core of players but adding depth is always something that needs careful consideration when assembling a team, especially in the Vikings case where they are assembling a team under a new coaching staff.
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