One down, one to go. Today the Vikings announced that they have signed LB Chad Greenway to a new five-year contract worth $41 million with $20 million guaranteed. Not only does this lock up Greenway and provide the team some much-needed cap space by lowering his money for 2011, it also paves the way for the Adrian Peterson negotiation to get cranked up. Greenway had been set to make $10.1 million this year after being franchise tagged.
Coach Leslie Frazier addressed the Greenway signing in his Monday post-practice press conference, mentioning Greenway’s versatility and overall importance to the defense. Greenway also apparently has a great sense of humor, because he told Frazier he wants to lead the league in interceptions this year.
Leading the team in interceptions shouldn’t be hard, since they have no corners or safeties who ever get picks, but the league? Come on Chad.
Seriously though, this is great news for the Vikings. Greenway is a borderline Pro Bowler with great tackling ability and solid coverage skills who plays both fast and smart. That tackling ability will be needed even more this year and for the next few with the front-4 continuing to deteriorate. Now I’d like to see Chad add some pass rushing ability to his resume – to be honest, neither he nor E.J. Henderson is very effective blitzing.
Update: Greenway’s new deal includes $20 million in guaranteed money.