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Greenway tweets he's coming back to Vikings for final season

Mount Vernon native and Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway is indeed "going out a Viking." After reports on Thursday indicated a deal between the veteran linebacker and the only team he's played with in 10-year career were "imminent," he ...

Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway reacts as he walks off the field following the game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium Dec. 10, 2015 in Glendale, Ariz. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway reacts as he walks off the field following the game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium Dec. 10, 2015 in Glendale, Ariz. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

Mount Vernon native and Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway is indeed "going out a Viking."

After reports on Thursday indicated a deal between the veteran linebacker and the only team he's played with in 10-year career were "imminent," he tweeted his intent to resign with the team on Thursday afternoon and to make the 2016 season his last.

"Nobody is more excited than me to help lead this team one more time! Dream achieved, going out a Viking! #Skol," Greenway tweeted, with a picture of him running down the tunnel at TCF Bank Stadium, the Vikings' temporary home the past two seasons.

No official deal between the team and Greenway, 33, has been announced, but both Greenway and the Vikings' front office showed mutual interest in his return to the team for its first season in the Vikings' new U.S. Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis.

A report from FOX Sports Thursday morning indicated a deal to officially re-sign with the Vikings was close and Greenway told ESPN.com that he'd likely make the 2016 season his last if the Vikings signed him for one more year. In March, Greenway became a free agent for the first time in his career.

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Greenway, who has been with the Vikings since being the team's first-round pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, went over 1,000 tackles for his career in 2015 and currently has 1,061 total tackles for his career. Since missing all of his rookie year with a preseason knee injury, Greenway has played in 140 games and has started in 135 games.

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