Greenway’s Back!

The Vikings’ free agency has finally concluded with almost exactly a month to go until the draft. They started out strong with some promising additions to the offensive line, brought back just about every significant contributor to 2015’s division winning roster, and brought in a couple of defenders with high upside to compete for playing time. But one thing remained unsettled until earlier this afternoon. Chad Greenway, the team’s first round draft pick from 2006, was still looking to get one more single year contract before retiring. He hinted to the media that he would be willing to go to another team in order to make it happen, but we all knew better.

Having grown up in Mt Vernon, South Dakota, Chad’s been a Viking his entire life. He’s a great professional on and off the field. He’s been voted to the Pro Bowl twice, led the team in tackles numerous times, never had a season where he recorded less than 93 tackles, and is always providing a great example to the other players around him. Off the field he has personally funded charities and been named the Vikings’ man of the year multiple times, as well as receiving a nomination for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award. Still, things dragged on for a while as fans waited anxiously hoping that the Vikings’ front office wouldn’t turn their backs on such a great leader for the team.

Apparently, all it took was a song written by some dedicated fans who wanted the local hero to sign on to one final year with the only team he’s played for his entire career before he retires. Say what you want about the Backstreet Boys. You may hate them and their music all you want, but they provided the song that turned out to be the incentive to convince the team and player to find common grounds.

Welcome back Chad! Now go out there and win us a Super Bowl in our new stadium!

52 comments on “Greenway’s Back!

    • Scares me. Patterson can run fast, jump high, has crazy open-field shiftiness – can’t run a route for shit, and he’s played football all his life.

      Maybe this guy is much more intelligent, and can actually learn schemes/routes.

      • He is likely a late round pick at the most, so wouldn’t be a waste of a pick like Patty is becoming. What is interesting is that he was able to correct some blocking issues after some input from coaches, meaning he is more than willing to learn, unlike Patty.

    • I understand why you say play on mute. Why do all these highlight films use such horrible rap music? I’d much prefer they just keep the game announcer’s voices in there.

      I like what I saw from him. The only concern I have is his size. He looked kinda small against the college CBs, and they didn’t hit him hard at all. How will he hold up against big impact from NFL defenses?

    • 1st Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell or TCU Josh Doctson or Texas A&M OT/G Germain Ifedi
      2nd Alabama DT Jarran Reed or Boise St. OG Rees Odhiambo or Mississippi St. CB Will Redmond (could be a steal coming off a torn ACL)
      3rd Notre Dame C Nick Martin or Southern Utah S Miles Killebrew (Likely will need to trade towards the mid 3rd for him)
      4th UCLA WR Jordan Payton


    Week 1 | Sunday, Sept. 11 | at Tennessee Titans | Noon | FOX

    Week 2 | Sunday, Sept. 18 | Green Bay Packers | 7:30 PM | NBC

    Week 3 | Sunday, Sept 25 | at Carolina Panthers | Noon | FOX

    Week 4 | Monday, Oct. 3 | New York Giants | 7:30 PM | ESPN

    Week 5 | Sunday, Oct. 9 | Houston Texans | Noon* | CBS

    Week 6 | BYE WEEK

    Week 7 | Sunday, Oct. 23 | at Philadelphia Eagles | Noon* | FOX

    Week 8 | Monday, Oct. 31 | at Chicago Bears | 7:30 PM | ESPN

    Week 9 | Sunday, Nov. 6 | Detroit Lions | Noon* | FOX

    Week 10 | Sunday, Nov. 13 | at Washington Redskins | Noon* | FOX

    Week 11 | Sunday, Nov. 20 | Arizona Cardinals | Noon* | FOX

    Week 12 | Thursday, Nov. 24 | at Detroit Lions | 11:30 AM | CBS

    Week 13 | Thursday, Dec. 1 | Dallas Cowboys | 7:25 PM | NBC / NFLN

    Week 14 | Sunday, Dec. 11 | at Jacksonville Jaguars | Noon* | FOX

    Week 15 | Sunday, Dec. 18 | Indianapolis Colts | Noon* | CBS

    Week 16 | Saturday, Dec. 24 | at Green Bay Packers | Noon* | FOX

    Week 17 | Sunday, Jan. 1 | Chicago Bears | Noon* | FOX

    • From the article:
      Previous years in which the top two picks were traded, according to Stats:

      • 1967, when New Orleans sent the top spot to the Baltimore Colts, who took Bubba Smith, and the Giants sent the second pick to Minnesota, which grabbed Clint Jones.
      • 1975, when Atlanta got the No. 1 selection from the Colts and took Steve Bartkowski, while Dallas acquired No. 2 from the Giants to take Randy White.
      • 1997, when the Rams got the top spot from the Jets to draft Orlando Pace, and the Saints sent the No. 2 selection to the Raiders, who picked Darrell Russell.

      I’m not familiar with any of these names. Bad news for the top 2 picks this year. The Rams and Eagles appear to have lined themselves up nicely for at least a few more years of mediocrity.

    • There is alot of doubt about the next years crop of QBs as well, so they think these guys may be about equal to Mariota.
      In the NFC East you don’t need the greatest QB to win, so Wentz should have a nice career with the Eagles atleast. As for Goff, I’m pretty sure Foles is his equal.

    • Somebody is going to give him a couple million. Even though the NFL is going out of their way to remove the kickoff from the game, he’s still the best kick returner in the NFL, and just because Norv refuses to use him on offense doesn’t mean that he can’t provide value to a creative coordinator. Musgrave was able to get a lot out of him with gimmick plays in Patterson’s rookie year. I bet he’d love to get those gimmicks going again in Oakland.

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