On the Vikings' official website Monday, Greenway said he is proud to have been tagged and intends to stay with the Vikings.
"I'm happy to know the Vikings value me enough to make this move," Greenway said. "I look forward to this season and playing for Coach (Leslie) Frazier, Coach (Fred) Pagac and Coach (Mike) Singletary. It's been a goal of mine since getting drafted to play with the Vikings my whole career. I think we're one step closer to that now. My family and I love living in the Twin Cities and I want to be a part of the Vikings for years to come. I feel like the team has a bright future and I want to be a part of that."
With Greenway is clearly a part of the Vikings' future plans, the tone of his comments to the team's website gives the clear indication that he intends to sign a long-term contract to stay with the team. At a time when the franchise tag is best known for alienating players, it's interesting that the Vikings have a star player who wants to sign with the team long-term and play his entire career in Minnesota.
It's also clear that his new position coach, Mike Singletary, believes the team's linebackers can be more than just average. He said at the Senior Bowl last month that if the team would retain Greenway and Ben Leber, who is also scheduled to be a free agent, the linebacker group could be beyond good. How good?
"Tremendous," Singletary said. "I think it's a physical group. It is a smart group and a very productive group. I think when you have that, you have the propensity to have a really outstanding group. I'm very excited. I can't wait to get my hands on them."