Chiefs reward Canadian LB

Chiefs reward Canadian LB

The Kansas City Chiefs have rewarded Kingston Ontario’s Cory Greenwood with a four-year contract. Greenwood played university football at Concordia in Montreal and in 2009 earned the President’s trophy as the top defensive player in the CIS.

The Regiopolis Notre Dame high school graduate was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Chiefs in 2010, but considered a long shot to make the team.

Greenwood, however, impressed the Kansas City coaching staff with his work ethic and earned a roster spot. This past season he led the Chiefs in special teams tackles (15) and began to see playing time at linebacker. The Chiefs rewarded the 26-year-old with a four-year, $2.75 million contract.

The contract will see Greenwood make a base salary of approximately $500,000 if he’s on the roster in 2012 (a 20 per cent raise from his 20101 salary). The contract also includes a signing bonus of $25,000 and another $20,000 each season if he shows up for certain off-season workouts.

“To think I could possibly make that much money playing football is unbelievable, really,” Greenwood told the Kingston Whig-Standard.

Greenwood’s base salary can increase to a maximum of $745,000 in 2015.

“I now know I’ll be coming here next year and I can enjoy the off-season while training. I don’t have to worry about anything behind the scenes,” Greenwood told the Whig-Standard. “I know what my role is. They expect I’ll gradually come into more of a defensive role, but I’m going to continue to try to (excel) at special teams.”