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Greenway 'hopeful something will get done' with Vikings

Chad Greenway has been a free agent for two weeks, but the Mount Vernon native still feels optimistic about returning to the Minnesota Vikings for his 11th NFL season.

Chad Greenway has been a free agent for two weeks, but the Mount Vernon native still feels optimistic about returning to the Minnesota Vikings for his 11th NFL season.

Greenway, 33, is on the free agent market for the first time in his career and has stated he wants to return to the Vikings rather than sign with another team.

With the Vikings front office at the NFL owners meetings in Boca Raton, Florida, this week, Greenway told ESPN.com's Ben Goessling there isn't a definite timetable set for him to resign with Minnesota.

"They're very busy, and tied up with free agency as well, and now the owners meeting hits," Greenway said Tuesday. "I can't say that we've been in a huge hurry on our side, either."
After Minnesota's heartbreaking 10-9 loss to Seattle in a wild-card playoff game in January at TCF Bank Stadium, Greenway told reporters he didn't want that to be his final game as a Viking.

"The goal has always been to be back here, in the right situation, to be able to compete and be part of a great team," Greenway said. "We're hopeful something will get done."

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The former first-round pick played in a reduced role in 2015, but thrived. Greenway played in all 17 games for the Vikings last year after playing in 12 games in 2014, which resulted in him taking a $3 million pay cut to return to the Vikings for the 2015 season.

The two-time Pro Bowl linebacker was Minnesota's nominee for Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year, based on community service, and said he's not surprised it's taken this long for a deal with the Vikings to be reached.

"Yes and no, because every negotiation's been different," Greenway said. "Once you get to free agency, which I've never done, now you need to see the options that are out there. That's one of the risks they obviously took by letting me get to free agency-knowing that 33-year-olds aren't sought after in the market at much as they probably used to be."

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