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Chad Greenway: ‘There’s enough football left’ for another season

Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway (52) is introduced before an NFL wild-card football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

MINNEAPOLIS — When Chad Greenway accepted his nomination by the Vikings for the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year, his coach, Mike Zimmer, heaped some noteworthy praise on the veteran linebacker.

“That guy right there is a tremendous guy – great person, great individual, great teammate, good captain,” Zimmer said on Dec. 2. “I wish I would have had him 10 years ago, or however many years he’s been in the league, he’s my kind of guy.”

Well, Chad sounds like he wants at least one more season.

Greenway, 32, capped his 10th NFL season, all in Minnesota, in Sunday’s first-round playoff exit to the Seattle Seahawks. As the veteran of a very young linebacker group, Greenway played above and beyond what the coaching staff expected of him this season. He retook a third-down role when injuries held back Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks, finishing third on the team with 69 combined tackles on 641 snaps.

His contract expires in March.

“I haven’t really thought about it,” Greenway said from his TCF Bank Stadium locker on Sunday. “We’ve been on such a groove this season. It’s just been a lot of fun with this football team and seeing how things have gone throughout the course of the year. It’s been such a privilege and honor to play on this team, specifically.

“That’s a decision that’s going to have to come. I’m going to play football. I got to play one more year. It can’t, it just can’t seem to end like this. It’s a hard one.”

One of the biggest keys to Greenway’s 2015 season was remaining healthy, something that escaped him in consecutive seasons before this year. He’d suffered and played through a fractured wrist, broken hand, three broken ribs and a sprained medial collateral ligament in his knee during the 2013 and 2014 seasons.

The injuries may have led to disappointing play, and pay cuts in consecutive offseasons as his cap hit rose on a five-year, $41 million extension signed at the start of the 2011 season. The second pay cut alone gave the Vikings $3.2 million in cap space last spring.

“Who knows what’s going to happen,” Greenway said. “Obviously, there’s offseason decisions. It just doesn’t seem, the immediacy with how this ends right now. Like I said earlier, it doesn’t feel like we should be the football team going home right now. That’s hard.

“There’s enough football left in me to play another season to try to go out differently.”

  • the_brute_squad

    It would be good to see him win a Super Bowl. Hopefully a contender that isn’t a perennial loser like the Vikings will need his services.

    • jeffreyinoc

      Oh, be still.

    • Scott Mitchell

      Brute, you said you were off the Vikings, never watching again, etc. SO GET OFF ALREADY YOU FAIR WEATHER LOSER.

      • the_brute_squad

        Name caller? You are an adult and you are calling names?! I only come back to respond to juvenile behavior. Don’t respond and I won’t be alerted.

        • Michael Williams

          Thought you were leaving? And you accuse the Vikings of raising false hopes…

          • the_brute_squad

            Mikey, MIkey, Mikey. We have to stop meeting like this. The Vikings fans don’t have false hope. The hope is real, unfortunately the disappointment and let down at the end is also real. You aren’t good at this Mike. Please stop.

          • Mark

            The guy is a troll. He has no life and gets his jollies from pissing in the punch bowl.

  • patrick

    he’s too good still not to come back at least in a reserve role….

  • Carl A Brodin

    Cole I could do with out. Greenway for 1 more year at back up salary.


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