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Packers reach two-year deal with outside linebacker Mike Neal

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The Packers, who have been skilled at retaining their best free agents in recent years, have re-signed one of their key front seven players of 2013.

Outside linebacker/defensive end Mike Neal has reached a two-year deal to stay in Green Bay, the linebacker said on his verified Twitter account. Multiple media outlets, including the Green Bay Press-Gazette, also reported Neal had re-signed.

PFT’s No. 37 free agent of 2014, the 26-year-old Neal recorded a career-best 47 tackles and five sacks in 2013 for Green Bay. He started a career-high 10 games this season, all at left outside linebacker. Neal (6-3, 285) has also played end in Green Bay’s 3-4 front.

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13 Responses to “Packers reach two-year deal with outside linebacker Mike Neal”
  1. dtownsportslions says: Mar 12, 2014 11:24 PM

    Reports are saying that every Gatorade Neal drinks, it is coming out of his salary. Per GM Ted Thompson

  2. ariani1985 says: Mar 12, 2014 11:26 PM

    Wow, lol their defensive ranking should jump to 28th!

    #clownmusicneverstops

  3. axespray says: Mar 12, 2014 11:27 PM

    With Clay, Datone, Neal, Perry and Daniels our nickle packages will look good.

    Just gotta stop the run first – stop the opposing teams in the first half of games so our Offense can get a good lead – then we can dial up the blitzes and such.

    Just gotta stop the run..

  4. dethsupport says: Mar 12, 2014 11:32 PM

    Great signing! Keep the players that made the 2013 Packers defense a force to be reckoned with.

  5. tangysizzl says: Mar 12, 2014 11:55 PM

    Mike Neal was supposed to play more of a hybrid OLB/DE/DT role last year but injuries to other OLBs kept him there most of the time.

    He did lead the defense in pressures last year so hopefully he’ll build on that in 2014. Good re-signing, now I just want to see what kind of contract he got.

  6. dino2997 says: Mar 13, 2014 1:22 AM

    Packers are great at signing their own free agents. Never mind the fact that nobody else wants them.

  7. duece5 says: Mar 13, 2014 6:05 AM

    Vikings fans are rejoicing!!!!

  8. jrmbadger says: Mar 13, 2014 7:16 AM

    So …. it appears the market for BJ Raji is also thin. Wonder when he’ll give in and sign the Packer’s offer.

  9. themagicfanguy says: Mar 13, 2014 8:14 AM

    They could have Brett Favre play OLB and still have a better D than the Queens, what do you expect when Minnesota does nothing but draft busts every year like Floyd and Rhodes.
    Minnesota… The land of mediocrity.

  10. whatjusthapped says: Mar 13, 2014 8:21 AM

    He’s the type of hybrid player that Capers is looking for, line him up at DE, can play OLB, strong bull rush and can set the edge.

  11. northernwisc says: Mar 13, 2014 8:24 AM

    Too funny. This guy can’t stay healthy and is an average at best player no matter the position he plays. Not a starter. But he is smart – because I doubt anyone else was interested. Waas listed way to high on PFT 100 FA list.

  12. longtimefanhtr says: Mar 13, 2014 8:44 AM

    Someone has spiked Ted’s Gatorade. This is just comical. Average guy at best. No improvement yet to a crappy defense.

  13. atheisticemetic says: Mar 13, 2014 11:52 AM

    Great signing for them….if they had let him go, it would have been a big mistake.

    with a completely depleted defense last year, the fact that he had 5 sacks says something.

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