Ben Leber's status as a free agent has placed him firmly in NFL limbo this offseason, and at least one Minnesota Vikings teammate doesn't foresee a return to purple and gold for the veteran linebacker.
"The reality of (Leber's status) is certainly uncertain," linebacker Chad Greenway said in an interview with KFAN-AM. "I would say there is a better percentage of him not being here than him being here. But again, that's not my hope."
Leber, 32, is coming off his fifth season with the Vikings. He began his career with the San Diego Chargers, who selected him in the third round of the 2002 NFL Draft. He has played in every regular-season game but one during his tenure with the Vikings. Last season, he finished with 35 tackles, but he was held without a sack for the first time in his career.
Greenway made it clear he'd like Leber to return for a sixth season in Minnesota.
"Well, I hope he stays," Greenway said. "I think he's a great player and certainly a great teammate. Would love to have him around for another few years, as long as he wants to play."