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Chad Greenway expected to return for 11th season with Vikings

By Andrew Krammer

INDIANAPOLIS — Chad Greenway recently said the 2016 season would more than likely be his last in the NFL. He hopes it’ll be in Minnesota with the Vikings, where he’s played for a decade.

That appears to be more than a hope, as head coach Mike Zimmer told a few reporters Thursday he expects Greenway to return for next season, though he added the caveat “you never know.”

Greenway, 33, is a pending free agent after playing out a five-year extension signed before the 2011 season.

“I think he will back, yeah,” Zimmer said. “Yeah. I think he wants to be back, and I think we’d like to have him back. But you never know. It all comes down to money and everything.”

The assumption here is the Vikings and Greenway will be able to work something out, especially after Greenway and his side have agreed to a pay cut in each of the last two offseasons. He also played a larger role than anticipated last year, when he was relegated to a two-down duty for the first time in his career and eventually filled in when injuries limited Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks.

General manager Rick Spielman will meet with Greenway’s agent, Marvin Demoff, this week in Indianapolis, though the Vikings aren’t expected to finalize many deals with their own free agents before returning to Minnesota.

From teammates to the general manager, the Vikings hold Greenway in high regard for his professionalism, which can become increasingly important on a young defense. They also think he still has quality snaps left.

“We don’t want to have anybody that can’t play,” Zimmer said. “If they can’t play, they can’t be here, regardless. I’ll make them a coach, if we want to get veteran leadership.”

The post Chad Greenway expected to return for 11th season with Vikings appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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