First, the usual disclaimer: The NFL's labor unrest makes it impossible for us to offer a definitive conclusion about any news event.
But after Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway signed his franchise tender on Wednesday, we know the most likely scenario: Greenway isn't going to be signing an offer sheet with another team whenever the free-agent market opens. The decision, one made by a number of other franchise players in recent days, guarantees Greenway a 2011 base salary of somewhere between $10 million and $12 million, depending on the final numbers agreed upon in the new collective bargaining agreement (CBA).
We can't say any of this with 100 percent certainty because the franchise tag is one of many issues in dispute between the NFL and the NFL Players Association. It's possible the tag could be eliminated, tweaked or reset in a new CBA.
For now, however, it looks like Greenway is under contract for the Vikings through the 2011 season.