“They offered me,” Neal said. “In the long run, their offer, it wasn’t a bad deal. The option for me to come back here was better, in my opinion. I felt like this was a system that if I was kept in the same position, I could flourish in. I thought it would be better to try to capitalize on what I did last year here.”
Chicago was clearly focused on improving their pass rush from the defensive end position. They reportedly had a great deal of interest in Michael Bennett, who ultimately elected to re-signing with the Seahawks.
Neal, 26, ultimately signed a two-year, $8 million contract that included a $2.5 million signing bonus with the Packers.
He produced five sacks, 49 tackles, an interception and a forced fumble for Green Bay while making a tough transition to outside linebacker last year.