Seahawks withdraw Ryan Neal’s RFA tender

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Safety Ryan Neal will be making a belated entry to unrestricted free agency.

The Seahawks tendered Neal as a restricted free agent earlier this month, but they’ve reversed course. Field Yates of ESPN reports that the team has withdrawn the tender, which will free Neal to sign with any team.

Neal had been tendered at the lowest level, which would have set him up to make $2.627 million if he’d signed the tender before it was revoked. The Seahawks would have had the right to match any outside offer for his services, but would not have received any draft pick compensation if they passed on that opportunity.

The Seahawks signed Julian Love to go with Quandre Diggs and Jamal Adams at safety earlier this month and that move likely contributed to the decision to cut ties to Neal.

Neal had 66 tackles, a sack, an interception, and a forced fumble last season.

24 responses to “Seahawks withdraw Ryan Neal’s RFA tender

  1. The Adams contract claimed Neal as a victim. Not saying Neal is as talented but if you could release Adams and keep Neal you at least know one can see the field and make some plays on Sunday.

    Adams is a beast but after 2 years of his season ending early, I am not too confident this turns around. Hope he can prove me wrong.

  2. Somebody’s getting a really, really good backup safety here who can absolutely step in and be effective, though not necessarily a star.

  3. He is absolutely a star, waiting to be unleashed. Good luck to Ryan, and thank you for your service.

  4. Neal’s a hidden gem in the NFL. Hope the Seahawks can bring him back, but if not whoever gets him is getting a stud. This makes me hate the Jamal Adams trade and sign all over again. What a horrible, horrible, absolutely atrocious decision that was.

  5. Longtimepackerfan says:
    March 31, 2023 at 5:24 pm

    Next stop Packers.

    Money talks. But if I were a FA with options, I’m not sure playing in small town for a team with QB questions and who had gotten rid of their two best players in back-to-back years would be at the top of my list of places to go. That team is going nowhere fast.

  6. Disappointing. Neal has a great story and plays all out on every play. Sort of came out of nowhere and was stud in place of Adams. Wish we could find a way to keep him in Seattle.

  7. This is definitely a CAP move to help cover their potentially trading up to #3 for a QB. The chances of Ryan Getting a better deal than the deal he didn’t sign is low. Seattle knows that after the draft and dust settles, he might be available to resign him. In the meantime, they get more flexibility.

  8. Seattle never trades up. Raiders prob go to 3, AZ gains draft capital. We might go flat footed Hooker in 2nd. Unless Anderson sitting there at 5, prob trade down if AZ takes him. AR15 will go to Indy then, Leviis falls but hopefully a Tenn, TB, Wash moves up.

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