Former Iowa linebacker Chad Greenway wants to stay in Minnesota for his entire NFL career. The South Dakota, native, made one large step toward that happening this past week when he and the Vikings agreed to a five-year contract.
The deal is reportedly worth $41 million dollars with $20 million guaranteed. Greenway grew up on a farm in South Dakota so playing close his family is always something he dreamed of. He will get that wish for at least five more years as the Vikings locked him in as a starting LB.
Greenway was one of the NFL’s leading tacklers last season as he finished with 109. His first season in the NFL resulted in a season-ending knee injury in the preseason, but ever since then he has been a stallwart on the Vikings defense.
With the NFL season ready to kick off Thursday night and then all day Sunday, here is a look at some other former Iowa football players who will or will not be starting the season on NFL rosters.
Clayborn was the very first first-round draft pick to sign a deal following the long labor lockout. The deal was for four years and as of yesterday, the Buccaneers have the St. Louis native starting at one defensive end spot.
Edds was a fourth-round pick in 2009 by the Miami Dolphins. Monday, he was cut by the Dolphins but already found a job Tuesday as the New England Patriots — a division rival of Miami — claimed him off waivers. Edds is a talented player and he wasn’t going to go jobless for very long.
This former Iowa linebacker will be reunited with Edds in New England but it appears Tarpinian will start the season on the Injured Reserve list as he battles another injury.
Ballard made the Vikings’ final 53-man roster and is listed as a backup at defensive tackle.
Klug perhaps made the biggest impact in camp this season with the Tennessee Titans. He was so good for them in the preseason that the Titans have listed him as one of their starting defensive tackles for Week 1.
The New York Giants kept him on their 53-man roster but he is listed as the No. 3 strong safety. I respect Sash’s decision to leave early but I still believe that after being a sixth-round draft pick and not making into the two deeps in New York, he would have been better served to stay for his senior season at Iowa.
This opera-singing offensive lineman made the Eagles’ final 53-man roster and is listed as a backup offensive guard.
While he played just as good if not better than some guy named Palko, Stanzi will start the season as the Kansas City Chiefs’ third-string quarterback. I don’t think it will be long though before he moves ahead of Palko on the depth chart.
Greenwood was cut by the Pittsburgh Steelers on the final cut down of roster cuts
Like Greenwood, Reisner did not make the final 53-man roster for the Minnesota Vikings, but the Vikings did sign him to their practice squad.
The former PCM High School standout and Iowa tight end has found a home in Oakland. He is listed as the backup tight end to newly acquired Kevin Boss but should get plenty of chances to get on the field.
Another tight end who has found a home in the NFL is former Iowa standout and Chicago, Illinois, native Tony Moeaki. After a solid rookie season last year, Moeaki will miss this season with another injury.
This former Iowa left tackle entered the NFL Draft after his junior season and has never turned back. He is listed as the starting right tackle for the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers.
The former Philadelphia Eagle has been cut by the Carolina Panthers and will now look for work elsewhere.
Godfrey is locked in to a starting role on Carolina’s defense. He is listed as the starting strong safety position this season. It would have been neat to see Godfrey and Considine in the same secondary this season but as I mentioned before Considine was cut earlier this week by the Panthers.
There may not be another former Hawkeye to go through as much turmoil as Gallery. He was drafted by the Raiders as the No. 2 overall pick and has been scrutinized ever since. However, he never played for the same head coach or offensive coordinator in any year he is in Oakland and even switched positions multiple times. This season, he will find a more stable franchise in Seattle after signing a free-agent deal with them this offseason. Gallery also is listed as the starter at left guard.