Greenway takes positive approach to tag

Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway didn't express any frustration with getting the franchise tag.

Typically, being hit with the franchise tag can be a kiss of death in the relationship between a team and an organization. Chad Greenway may be the exception to the rule.

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."


  • There are reports out that, even if the Vikings want to put the transition tag on Sidney Rice, they can't do it. According to Pro Football Talk, there is wording in the NFL's collective bargaining agreement for an uncapped year that states a team can only put the transition tag on players that have six or more years of service in the league. Rice has just four years in, which would make him ineligible, but the growing sentiment is that the transition tag may be rendered moot by a new collective bargaining agreement.

  • Jared Allen likely won't be available to meet with fans when the Vikings hold their draft party. Allen will be among the 10 members of the Class of 2011 Athletic Hall of Fame for Los Gatos (Calif.) High School. The induction ceremony will be Saturday, April 30 – the second day of the 2011 NFL draft.

  • If the Vikings have any interest in recently released former Pro Bowl safety Bob Sanders, it would seem they are not alone. Sanders met with the Jacksonville Jaguars, a team he tormented for the first five years of his seven-year career with the Colts, and also has a visit scheduled in Buffalo today.

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