THURSDAY, 9:18am: Neal’s two-year deal is worth $8MM and includes a $2.5MM signing bonus, tweets Tom Pelissero of USA Today. The contract also features $1.6MM in total roster bonuses — $300K per year in per-game bonuses, and a $1MM roster bonus due next year (Twitter link).
“Hi Green Bay!!! I’ll enjoy your winters for two more years!!,” the left outside linebacker tweeted.
Neal, a four-year Packers veteran, will be under contract with Green Bay through the 2015 season. Last year was Neal’s breakout campaign as he recorded 39 tackles, five sacks, one forced fumble, and one interception. The 26-year-old had some buzz as a second round selection for Green Bay in 2010 and in 2013 he made it clear that he’s ready to realize his potential. Other teams had interest in Neal, including the Cardinals and Eagles.