Vikings impending free agent LB Chad Greenway said hopes to re-sign with the Vikings and finish his career in Minnesota.
“I have one more year of football in me,” said Greenway, via Alex Marvez. “A goal of mine was to play in one place for my whole career. I want to finish here. The biggest thing is the product I’m putting on the field and continuing to do so at a high level.”
The Vikings drafted Greenway with the No. 17 overall pick back in 2006 and has only missed four total games during his career. Last season, Greenway had to adjust to a lesser role on the defense with the emergence of LB Anthony Barr.
“I felt in 2015 I had a resurgence,” Greenway said. “I also came out of last season feeling really healthy. As much as I hated it at the beginning of the season I learned to love and appreciate that role. Rather than get upset by it, I learned to embrace it and make the role my own. And honestly I had a lot of fun as a leader and captain on that team.”
In the event the Vikings elect to move on from Greenway, he admits that he would be open to retiring or playing with another team.
“I’m perfectly happy and content with the career I have had,” said Greenway. “But the reality is I’m looking for one more time.”
Greenway, 32, just finished his five-year, $40.6 million contract that included $20 million guaranteed with the Vikings.
In 2015, Greenway recorded 68 tackles, 2.5 sacks, an interception returned for a touchdown and a pass defense over the course of all 16 games.
Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 33 outside linebacker in a 4-3 defense out of 35 qualifying players.
We’ll provide more information regarding the Vikings and Greenway as the news becomes available.