5 former Vikings who could come out of retirement and still play

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Chad Greenway – LB

Chad Greenway retired from the Minnesota Vikings in 2017. The former first-round pick spent his entire career with the Purple after being drafted in the first round back in 2006. Greenway finished his tenure in Purple with 1,103 tackles, 62 tackles for a loss, 8 forced fumbles, 11 interceptions, and 18 sacks. He was a great three-down linebacker for the club and hung it up when his skills began to decline.

Greenway’s biggest knock late in his career was his pass coverage skills. He did struggle to stay stride for stride with tight ends and backs, but that still seems to be an issue for the Vikings defense. The Vikings are actually set at linebacker right now. They have three very good starters in Anthony Barr, Eric Kendricks, and Eric Wilson. They also have solid depth behind those guys with rookie Troy Dye and the solid but unspectacular Ben Gedeon. The Vikings wouldn’t have room for Greenway on their current roster unless injuries decimated them.

While Greenway spends his time these days pimping his Gray Duck vodka, he does appear to still be in great physical shape. There’s no doubt he could put the helmet and cleats on again and step onto the field and make a handful of tackles for the Vikings.