Greenway: I don’t have to finish my career with Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS -- It's not Vikings or bust for free-agent linebacker Chad Greenway. The 10-year veteran hopes to play one more season with Minnesota before retiring. However, he said Friday he would be willing to go to another team if he can't reach...
MINNEAPOLIS - It’s not Vikings or bust for free-agent linebacker Chad Greenway.
The 10-year veteran hopes to play one more season with Minnesota before retiring. However, he said Friday he would be willing to go to another team if he can’t reach a deal with the Vikings.
“I have to consider playing for another team, if that’s the position I’m put in,” Greenway, 33, said in a phone interview. “But I literally have not done too much (in free agency). I’ve just been kind of laying low.”
Greenway became a free agent for the first time in his career on Wednesday. He declined to offer specifics on how much he has talked with the Vikings about a new deal or on what other teams could be looking at him.
Vikings officials have talked about wanting Greenway back, although he almost certainly would have to take a pay cut from the $4 million he made last season. Greenway, the team’s longest-tenured player, has been with the Vikings since being taken in the first round of the 2006 NFL draft, and would prefer to play the final year of his career with them in 2016.
“Yeah, I’ve always maintained that,” Greenway said. “That’s the hope, but obviously I have now become a free agent, so it’s definitely a different feeling. I’ve never been at this point. They’ve never let me get to this point. So the hope is obviously to get something done with Minnesota.”
The Vikings went into free agency wanting to improve their depth at linebacker, and they already have added free agents Emmanuel Lamur and Travis Lewis and re-signed Audie Cole. While Minnesota has returning starters on the outside in Anthony Barr and in the middle with Eric Kendricks, Lamur spoke earlier this week about also wanting to have that role.
“Just trying to start,” Lamur said. “That’s going to be the main goal.”
Lamur started 13 games for Cincinnati at outside linebacker in 2014 before losing his job and starting just two games last year. Greenway has been a starter at outside linebacker since 2007, but last season, when Minnesota’s other linebackers were healthy, he came out regularly on passing downs for the first time in his career.