Vikings GM Rick Spielman previously told Sid Hartman of the Star Tribune that there’s no question that they would like to have Greenway back next year.
“We have a lot of things that we’ll be working through between now and before March 10th [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 problem, of course, is the fact that Greenway stands to make a base salary of $7 million for the 2015 season to go along with a cap figure of $8 million.
Over the course of his career, Greenway has been a very durable player, but this past season, he missed time due to a broken hand, broken ribs, and finished out the year with a knee injury, so there are some concerns about keeping him at his current rate.
Greenway, 32, has one year remaining on his five-year, $40.6 million contract that included $20 million guaranteed.
According to OverTheCap.com, releasing Greenway would free up $7.1 million in available cap space while creating $1.7 million in dead money for the Vikings.
In 2014, Greenway recorded 93 tackles, one sack, a forced fumble and three pass defenses over the course of 12 games. However, Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 38 outside linebacker in a 4-3 defense out of 40 qualifying players.