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Chad Greenway returning to Vikings for an 11th and likely final season

By Andrew Krammer

Veteran linebacker Chad Greenway will return to the Vikings for an 11th season, one that he’s indicated should be his last in the NFL.

Greenway, 33, and the Vikings agreed to a one-year deal, which he announced Thursday on Twitter, writing: “Nobody is more excited than me to help lead this team one more time! Dream achieved, going out a Viking!” Greenway’s message meshes with what he told a couple reporters last month during a Vikings event in Duluth, saying he’d call the 2016 season his last “to have some closure and go through the season knowing that might be it.”

The Vikings return their elder linebacker and locker room leader, as Greenway was one of four player-voted team captains last season, though his exact role on defense could be up in the air. Greenway was initially on the fence about playing beyond 2015, but said an active and healthy campaign, combined with the success of a budding roster, gave him the itch for one more go.

Greenway was relegated to a two-down role last season, but ultimately played 632 snaps [58.8%] as he filled in for injured teammates Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks. Now he will likely compete with linebacker Emmanuel Lamur, a former Bengals player who signed a two-year, $5.5 million deal this month. The Vikings will move Lamur to weak-side linebacker, Greenway’s spot, according to what coach Mike Zimmer told reporters at owners meetings in Boca Raton, Fla. last week.

The Vikings drafted Greenway in the first round (17th overall) in 2006. He’s since tackled his way into the franchise’s all-time top five in 140 career starts. Greenway’s career has also included three Community Man of the Year nominations by the team, and the 2015 NFLPA’s Byron ‘Whizzer’ White Award — the union’s highest honor for on- and off-field contributions.

The post Chad Greenway returning to Vikings for an 11th and likely final season appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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