EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (WCCO/AP) — The Minnesota Vikings and LB Chad Greenway have agreed to a long-term contract extension that will keep the fan favorite in purple and gold for several years, according to the team.

The Vikings signed Greenway to a new five-year contract reportedly worth $41 million with $20 million guaranteed, according to Mike Max’s sources.

“Chad’s best football is ahead of him,” said Vikings owner, Zygi Wilf. “He has been a special person and player and is an example of the way we want to build the franchise. He has overcome adversity and continued to fight to be his best. Chad is a good role model for younger players and represents the Vikings with class. Getting this extension done is a great way to get the 2011 season underway.”

The native of South Dakota has led the Vikings in tackles each of the last three years. To keep Greenway from becoming an unrestricted free agent, the Vikings tagged him in February as their franchise player, essentially a one-year contract that would’ve paid him more than $10 million this season.

Greenway, 28, says he didn’t want to leave the team he joined in 2006 as a first-round draft pick out of Iowa.

In 2010, he was selected by his teammates as Defensive MVP.

The Vikings have also been talking about a contract extension with running back Adrian Peterson.

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Comments (8)
  1. What Next? says:

    A good move to try and keep some stability! Hope the Vikes get some young talent, sign them, and build around them!

  2. Norge says:

    Nobody doubts Greenways talent or heart…but..factoid; Chad Greenway, for all his hard hitting and talent is undersized for the NFL and has been hurt before and is going to hurt much worse long before this contract is over. That might sound really callous, but it is the truth, if he was jsut 10% bigger he’ld be a sure thing for the Hall of Fame someday, but with the size and strength of pulling guards and tackles now days he’ll be tore up within two years. Just hope it isn’t something that ruins his life and devestates his family.

    1. Ho Hum says:

      Talent? What constitutes talent? Can he compose a complete sentence? Can he properly identify parts of speech? Can he look at a financial statement and know what it means? Can he look at a blue print, understand it and build a building or a bridge? Can he look at an ill person and come up with a diagnosis that makes life better for that person? I doubt it. So maybe I doubt his talent. Or at least his talent that contributes anything worthwhile to society. It’s only football. Don’t get so excited. If he were 10% bigger would society, or even you. be any better for it. Norge, it’s only football. Oh. And by the way, Greenways talent should have been Greenway’s. There is only one of him.

  3. Could this pay level cause ticket prices to be high? says:

    $41 million? Does anyone else think people who play sports are overpaid?

  4. It's just football says:

    Five years? Want to bet if we see him, or if we want to see me, on the field in five years. This is news?

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