While Steelers linebacker James Harrison and Packers linebackers Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers have agreed to meet with NFL investigators regarding the Al Jazeera documentary, free-agent Mike Neal has not consented to an interview. The league threatened suspensions for all four players if they did not cooperate, but that threat might not mean much to Neal, who is not expecting to play again, according to Jason Cole of Bleacher Report (via Twitter links).
The union is hopeful that Neal will decide to sue the league with support from the NFLPA, a union source tells Cole. The other players, meanwhile, want to testify because they claim they had no relationship at all with the Indiana-based pharmacy involved in the report.
Neal, who just turned 29, hasn’t gathered a ton of free agent interest this offseason. That’s surprising since the linebacker/defensive lineman started a career-high 15 games last season and has posted at least four sacks in each of the past four years. He met with both the Lions and the Seahawks this offseason, but they filled their front seven needs elsewhere. Neal said he was open to returning to the Packers, but the selection of linebacker Kyler Fackrell in the third round of the draft likely ended any chance of a reunion.
It also seems possible that the PED allegations in the documentary hurt his market, a sentiment with which Neal agrees.
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