The man that was named the Vikings' 2010 defensive MVP by his teammates is going to remain a Minnesota Viking for a very long time.
Chad Greenway, who the Vikings put their franchise tag on just prior to the start of the NFL lockout, has agreed to terms on a new, long-term contract with the team. The deal is said to be a 5-year pact worth as much as $41 million, with $20 million in guaranteed money.
Last season, Greenway led the Vikings with 149 tackles, including 10 tackles for loss. He has improved every single season since tearing an ACL in the first quarter of his first pre-season game back in 2006, and is one of the game's more underrated outside linebackers. Greenway sounded genuinely enthusiastic about getting the tag from the Vikings, which is a refreshing change from all the players that tend to gripe when a team tags them rather than allowing them to test free agency.
Congratulations to Chad Greenway on his new contract extension, and great job by the Vikings to keep this guy in purple and gold for the next five seasons.
Now, get that Peterson fellow at running back under a long-term deal and we'll be okay for a while.