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Vikings Set to Use the Franchise Tag on OLB Chad Greenway

The Vikings are expected to use the franchise tag on outside linebacker Chad Greenway, Sid Hartman of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. A first-round pick (17th overall) in 2006 out of the University of Iowa, Greenway (6-2, 242) missed his rookie season with a knee injury, but has started 63 of 64 games over the last four seasons, totaling 463 tackles, 6.5 quarterback sacks, five interceptions, including one he returned for a touchdown, and seven forced fumbles.

Greenway earned $3.17 million in 2010, the final season in a five-year, $13.6 million contract that included $7.42 million in guarantees. The one-year franchise tag for linebackers is projected to be worth $10.191 million for the 2011 season. Minnesota has until February 23 to designate Greenway their franchise player.

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8 Responses to “Vikings Set to Use the Franchise Tag on OLB Chad Greenway”

  1. wtfvikesfan says:

    Ryan Mallett has massive talent, faces many questions

    Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on February 17, 2011, 4:16 PM EST

    Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett has first-round talent, according to NFL Network’s Mike Mayock.

    “Mallett has unbelievable god given ability to throw a football,” Mayock said on a conference call Thursday. “When he has a clear pocket, and clear vision, there’s no one in the game better.”

    That doesn’t mean Mayock would take Mallett in the first round.

    “I would be very concerned about taking him in the first round,” Mayock said.

    Mayock didn’t even cite the questions about Mallett’s nebulous off-field issues that some analysts have referred to. Mayock was more concerned about Mallett’s ability to process information on the field.

    “Every time I get excited about this kid, he does something from a decision-making or accuracy perspective that bothers me,” Mayock said. “When he goes bad, it’s because of pressure in the pocket.”

    Ultimately, Mallett sounds like a boom-or-bust pick. That’s why Mayock wouldn’t take him until the second round.

    The history of the NFL draft, however, says that some QB-needy team will convince themselves to take a true first-round talent with their first pick

  2. Vikadan11 says:

    Good move IMHO ~ Rice has a lot to prove IMHO and the cost of the F~Tagging a WR would have cost about 3 million more

  3. Irf21 says:

    why didnt they sign greenway to long term?

  4. Lost Viking says:

    A trade with Eagle for Kolb and 3rd rounder in exchange for Viking #12 pick would make a lot of sense.

    Better would be for Vike to trade down in 1st round with Patriot to draft Locker or Mallett there. Maybe even get same pick we traded for Moss. Unfortunately, Belichick seldom trades up in draft.

    • wtfvikesfan says:

      Don’t want Mallet. He is Ryan Leaf the second. And don’t Want to waste pick on Kolb, his numbers really suck.

  5. vk4life says:

    I am very happy to hear this, Greenway will get paid very well this year and once CBA is figured out we will lock him up with a big long term deal. While I like Rice he has shown that he is capable of being a big time receiver but still needs to show consistancy. Need to make sure Greenways next deal is either in the 5 to 7 yr deal!

  6. 4eversteve says:

    With questions about how healed is Sidney Rice’s hip and the fact that there is not enough overall body work demonstrated on his part to justify the franchise tag and having Drew Rosenhaus as an agent probably isn’t helping matters much either. I’m not sure who represent Chad Greenway but I’m fairly sure it not Rosenhaus. Greenway was the right choice for the Tag , sure hope they can lock him up to a long term deal, that needs to be a priority going forward.

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