Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway talked to his hometown newspaper about his contract situation, Brett Favre's decision and the team's outlook.
is entering the final year of his contract and is slowly but surely shedding some light on his status with the team. In an interview with the Daily Republic
of Mitchell, S.D., Greenway, who was conducting his fourth annual dual sports camp in Mitchell, said he isn't concerning himself with his contract standing, which is in the final year of his rookie deal.
"It's one of those necessary evils," Greenway said of his contract status. "You have to do it (get a new contact done). Not now, though. I have a full year left on my contract and I'm going to honor that and do what I need to do. I wouldn't be a South Dakotan if I didn't honor my word that way. At the same time, I want what I've earned and what I deserve and, eventually, I think that will happen."
Greenway reached the $1 million mark on his base salary last year and his cap number pushed above $2.2 million with his prorated signing bonus and incentives, but he has only year remaining on his rookie contract, which calls for $1.295 million in base salary this year.
Greenway said that the Vikings will enter training camp with extremely high expectations for the 2010 season. After coming so close to the Super Bowl last year, it would seem the goal is Super Bowl or bust this season.
"We feel like we're the best team in the NFL," Greenway said. "But in sports the best team doesn't always win. You have to play it out. We just have to be better on that day and put ourselves in that position to have home-field advantage throughout the playoffs this season.
In order to get to the Super Bowl, many believe it will require having Brett Favre
back for a second season with the team. Greenway said that, like the rest of his teammates, he's hopeful that Favre will return because, despite some controversy when the quarterback arrived, he has blended in extremely well in the locker room and his teammates want him back for another title run.
"I have talked to him, but I knew he's going through some things," Greenway said. "Obviously, we'd love to have him back. I love having him on the squad and we want him back. He's been a great teammate for us."
Adrian Peterson has been the latest athlete skewered by the parody newspaper The Onion. In a sports fake-news item, the paper quoted Brad Childress as saying the Vikings want to preserve Peterson's fumbling style and that the coaching staff wouldn't try to alter his technique of loosely carrying the football. "When you have a great natural fumbler like Adrian Peterson, you don't want to mess with that. That's just raw talent right there. Nobody can expose the ball exactly the way he does. You can't teach that." According to the parody, A.D. spent the offseason working with Warren Moon and Dave Krieg – the record-setters for fumbling in NFL history – to "improve his dropping mechanics."
An underground copy of Madden 11 has surfaced and, if the numbers hold true, the famous video game really, really likes the Vikings. The game ranks players as the "Top 8" at their respective positions. Favre is the sixth-rated quarterback, according to the game, and Adrian Peterson is the second-rated running back. Bryant McKinnie grades out as eighth among left tackles, Steve Hutchinson is the best left guard in the NFL, Jared Allen is the best defensive end, Kevin Williams is the best defensive tackle, Chad Greenway is the sixth-best right outside linebacker, Ray Edwards is the eighth-best left defensive end and Ryan Longwell is the fourth-best kicker.
The finalists for the annual ESPY awards were announced Thursday. Favre was nominated for Best Record-Breaking Performance for breaking Jim Marshall's consecutive-starts streak. His touchdown pass to Greg Lewis was also nominated for best play and his return to Green Bay Nov. 1 last year was nominated for the Performance Under Pressure Award. Favre was also nominated for Best NFL Player, along with Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, Chris Johnson, Darrelle Revis and Charles Woodson. Fan voting continues through July 10.
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.