“Chad’s best football is ahead of him. He has been a special person and player and is an example of the way we want to build the franchise. He has overcome adversity and continued to fight to be his best. Chad is a good role model for younger players and represents the Vikings with class. Getting this extension done is a great way to get the 2011 season underway.”
- Zygi Wilf, Owner / Chairman
“We are excited and proud to have Chad as a part of our organization for years to come. His performance on the field speaks for itself, but he is just as important to the Vikings off the field. He and his family have been leaders in our community and he is poised to help us reach our goals as a team.”
- Mark Wilf, Owner / President
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The good news is we’re finally past the preseason and the regular season begins in less than a week. The even better news is LB Chad Greenway will no longer play the 2011 season under the Franchise Tag. The Vikings and Greenway agreed to a contract on Monday that will keep the athletic LB in Minnesota for several years to come.
Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier and Greenway met with reporters in separate press conferences following this morning’s practice. Frazier went first and was excited to announce the deal.
“A great day for the Minnesota Vikings, a great day for our fans,” Frazier said. “Chad has been an instrumental part of our success during his career. He’s a guy who has improved every year he’s been a part of our defense. Excited that the contract is behind him and now he’ll be able to focus on the task at hand, and that’s going on and helping us to have a great season as a football team. Very, very thankful that we know he’s going to be here for a while.”
Greenway was a 1st-round draft pick of the Vikings in 2006 and has led the club in tackles the past 3 seasons. He was also selected by his teammates as Defensive MVP after the 2010 season. A couple of times during the press conference, Frazier referred to Greenway’s role as an emerging leader, not only on the defense but as a key member of the entire team.
There’s no questioning the importance he brings to the Vikings defense, specifically as the team’s strong-side LB.
“He makes it important,” Frazier said of Greenway’s role in the defense, “the fact that he can stay on the field on third down, he can cover tight ends man-to-man, he can drop in zone coverage, there are times when we’ll bring him as a blitzer as well. In some schemes, it may be a little bit different, but for us, his versatility, the fact that he can cover backs, he can cover tight ends, that’s huge for a ‘backer in our scheme.”
Greenway met with reporters just minutes after signing his deal and expressed excitement to remain with the only NFL team for which he’s played.
“I’m very excited to be able to continue my career as a Viking. This organization has been nothing but top notch since I walked in the door and I’m extremely excited to be here another five years,” Greenway said. “This has kind of been an on-going thing throughout training camp and it’s been a very good negotiation back and forth. And I stayed out of it as much as I could and let people do their jobs. It worked out pretty [well].”
Tags: Chad Greenway, Leslie Frazier
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The roster-building process continues for the Vikings on Monday, as they’ve announced that 7 players have been signed to the practice squad.
Those 7 players are: WR Manny Arceneaux, FB Matt Asiata, WR Stephen Burton, FB Ryan D’Imperio, OL Chris DeGeare, RB Caleb King and DL Cedric McKinley.
The practice squad has a limit of 8 players, so there is one more spot remaining on the Vikings practice squad. Stay tuned for more developments.
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