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Vikings LB Greenway takes pay cut

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Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway has taken a pay cut that will give the team more than $3.2 million in salary cap relief, according to reports Saturday.

ESPN.com reported that Greenway’s base salary for 2015, the final year of his deal with Minnesota, has been reduced from $7 million to $3.4 million. Greenway will receive $1 million in guaranteed money and can make up to $600,000 from various bonuses.

The restructured deal creates $3.225 million in cap space for the Vikings. The 32-year-old Greenway previously would have counted $8.8 million against the cap.

Greenway, a two-time Pro Bowler, has played his entire eight-year career with the Vikings after being drafted in the first round in 2006. He recorded a career-low 93 tackles last season despite appearing in just 12 games. In his career, he has recorded 992 total tackles, 15.5 sacks, 30 passes defensed, nine interceptions and eight forced fumbles.

General Manager Rick Spielman earlier this month said he wanted Greenway back.

“We’d love to have Chad Greenway back and finish (his career) as a Minnesota Viking,” Spielman told the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

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