Dec 15, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway (52) warms up before the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Chad Greenway a Candidate For Contract Restructure


Rotoworld’s Evan Silva has compiled a very long list of players whose contract situations make them candidates to be restructured or cut by their teams this offseason. Several Vikings are on this list, including Chad Greenway.

Silva is hardly the first person to suggest the Vikings might approach Greenway about a restructure. Given Greenway’s drop in production last season, it’s only natural to believe the Vikings will at least consider this move.

Greenway is under contract for two more years. His cap number for 2014 is $8.2 million. In 2015 that number jumps to $8.8 million. Those are large numbers for a player who is arguably in steep decline.

Even if Greenway rebounds in 2014 under Mike Zimmer and George Edwards, that’s a lot of salary cap to have tied up in at best a slightly-above-average linebacker.

2013 defensive starters Letroy Guion, Jamarca Sanford and Erin Henderson are also seen as candidates for restructure or release by Silva’s reckoning.

I would lean more toward release on all three of those players. Henderson has likely run out of chances in Minnesota after a pair of DWI arrests in a short span of time. Guion and Sanford were both Leslie Frazier guys and, well, Leslie Frazier isn’t around anymore.

Mike Zimmer and his staff will take a cold hard look at these players and everyone else on the Vikings’ roster and offer an assessment not colored by personal loyalty. That’s the great thing about turning over a coaching staff. You bring in a whole new set of eyes, and gain a whole new fresh perspective on your roster.

Of course Rick Spielman has final say in personnel, but he still needs to listen hard to Zimmer’s recommendations on defensive players especially. Zim knows more about defense than Rick. I’d be curious to know what Zimmer thinks of guys like Guion and Sanford.

And Chad Greenway, for that matter.

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  • 3kolu

    The Vikings need to rightsize and restructure wherever possible. They should have a plethora of competent LB’s with Audie Cole making himself noticed, Michael Mauti, who might have been put on a pitch count to manage his rehabilitation with both knees, Gerald Hodges, who might’ve needed a year to get used to the speed of the NFL and possibly bringing back Desmond Bishop after knee surgery ended his season early last year. He has position and scheme versatility playing in both the 4-3 and 3-4 with the Pack. He has the ability to play inside or outside LB in either scheme, which would make him valuable if he can stay healthy. Many mocks have the Vikings going with either Anthony Barr or Khalil Mack in the upcoming draft, especially if there’s a run on QB’s before the Vikings pick at #8. It’s not completely out of the question that the Vikes go into camp with this bunch of LB’s. I believe the key will be Mauti and Hodges. We need Mauti to stay healthy and Hodges to contribute in nickel and dime packages.

  • Jake

    I don’t think I would call 134 tackles, 3 sacks, 3 INT’s, 4 pass deflections, and 6 games with a double digit tackles a “steep decline”. In fact those stats are close to the same as last year which was about the same as the year before. Once again you’ve shown that you’re a complete moron who knows nothing about football.

    • Ben Alfveby

      He had a down year for sure, he was visibly a step slower and let a lot of plays happen underneath his coverage. That being said he isn’t in a steep decline just yet.