Dec 1, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway (52) against the Chicago Bears at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Bears 23-20 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Free Agency Rumors: Chad Greenway agrees to take pay cut from Minnesota Vikings


The Minnesota Vikings have received an extra $1 million from linebacker Chad Greenway, as the veteran has agreed to a pay cut of his upcoming season. According to Vikings beat reporter Darren Wolfon from ESPN1500 as well as salary cap guru Jason Fitzgerald, the Vikings have given their struggling linebacker a pay cut and that could lessen the blow of cutting him after this season.

Greenway has led the Vikings in tackles in seasons past, but his 2013 campaign was horrific and the knock on him has been that his high tackle count is from no one else on the team being able to stop anyone. Greenway has had good seasons for the Vikings, but many have questioned how inflated his stats are, and lat year didn’t help quiet the doubt.

The pay cut doesn’t affect his 2015 base salary, but the Vikings may have just made a move to protect themselves against cutting him after this season.

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  • Larry Reardon

    Smart MLB…. However he seems to have lost a step.. Always happy to see Iowa Hawkeyes succeed in the NFL ..

  • holymomentumbatman#84

    I had had some trouble deciding whether Greenway would get cut, and/or go into the FA market, or have the wherewithal to restructure his contract if and when the matter arose. Didn’t know if he even WANTED TO stay in Minnesota or not, either. I reckon you’ve given us the answers, Josh. #52, IMHO, has never been what one would call a GREAT linebacker. I would more likely say that he’s been a very, VERY GOOD one for most of his 8 year career. Drafted in 2006, I don’t think he played any games in his rookie season, but, if someone can correct me on that if I’m wrong, do it. This much is certain. Greenway has been a mainstay, and one of the best LB’s Minnesota has kept on their roster during the past decade, give or take a year. I would also have to include E.J. Henderson on the list. Taking a $1mil pay cut to keep playing in the purple and gold, was a gutsy and classy move by a gutsy and classy guy, but I hope that he doesn’t ease up any on the field because of his new deal. I really don’t think that is something that’s even part of Greenway’s selfdom. I think rather, that he will give 100%, and play as hard as his body will let him. I just believe he’s that kind of man. SKOL VIKINGS!!

  • Jason Haggard

    Greenway has been solid but he will be gone next year, this has been the Vikings longstanding M.O. Ask a vet to take a pay cut and then cut him at the end of the season.