The Vikings chose to put the "Franchise Tag" on Pro Bowl lineback Chad Greenway instead of Sidney Rice. On March 1st, Greenway signed a one-year tender with the Mn Vikings and by doing so Greenway is guaranteed around $10 Million if there is a 2011 NFL season. The Vikings' likely goal is to sign Greenway to a long term deal. We should expect to see Greenway's talents grow and mature further under the coaching of Hall Of Fame Lineback Mike Singletary.
The decision for the Vikings to put the franchise tag on Greenway rather than Sidney Rice was a decision that caused much grumbling among Vikings fans and long time Vikings ticket holders. We all want Sidney Rice back, but with the Vikings young defense in 2011 Greenway's leadership will be priceless.
Either way it was a tough decision. What if the Vikings fail to fill the quarterback position, chose to franchise Rice and loose Greenway to free agency? Then, we would have a top paid receiver with nobody qualified to throw him the ball. With the given circumstances, Greenway was the right choice for the Vikings.