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Vikings Interested In Keeping LB Chad Greenway

Vikings GM Rick Spielman told Sid Hartman of the Star Tribune that there’s no question that they would like to have veteran LB Chad Greenway 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.

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