Here’s Mike Neal himself on the idea of possibly landing in Philadelphia.
— Michael Neal (@mneal96) February 6, 2014
Last year, the Packers made an interesting decision to take DE Mike Neal and have him make the transition outside linebacker where they needed more depth.
Neal entered the league as a 300 pound defensive lineman and saw time as interior pass-rusher for the Packers before this, so it’s really impressive that Neal was able to be a productive player in his first year at outside linebacker.
According to Neal’s agent, Roosevelt Barnes, the Philadelphia Eagles could be a good landing spot for him this offseason.
“I would think that they would [have interest],” Barnes told Birds 24/7. “Philly would be a good spot for him, but we still have a little while to go before free agency.”
Neal, 26, will be an unrestricted free agent this March and should have a decent enough market that he could secure a mid-level contract. The Packers have said their top priority is to retain their free agents, so it seems likely that will extend him an offer at some point.
Neal has said that he would like to return to Green Bay, but there is a chance he could reach the open market.
“His upside is tremendous, especially when you look at how well he played in his last eight or nine games because the game slowed down for him,” said Barnes.
The Eagles could use some additional help at outside linebacker and Neal’s versatility and age should be appealing to a team like Philadelphia.
It’s worth noting that Pro Football Focus rated Neal as the third worst 3-4 outside linebacker in the league last season. Even so, Neal still produced 5 sacks, 49 tackles, an interception and a forced fumble for Green Bay.
We have him listed as the No. 85 player in our Top 100 Free Agents list.