The Minnesota Vikings have used their franchise tag on linebacker Chad Greenway, the team announced Monday.
Greenway, who led the team with 144 tackles this season, is seen by the Vikings as a centerpiece of a defense facing offseason changes.
However, as we have been reporting, the Vikings anticipate defensive end Ray Edwards to become a free agent whenever the new league year begins. The team is not hopeful about retaining him.
The team does not intend to use the transition tag for now, according to a league source.
As the Vikings' designated franchise player, Greenway is set to be tendered a one-year guaranteed contract that will pay him 120 percent of last year's salary or the average of the top five highest-paid linebackers, whichever is higher.
The NFL Players Association has rejected the use of the franchise tag, and it remains to be seen whether or not it will be a part of the next collective bargaining agreement, although many expect it to be.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.