Falcons Pick Up Keanu Neal’s Option

The Falcons exercised the fifth-year option on safety Keanu Neal’s contract, per a team announcement. This was yet another no-brainer fifth-year option decision. 

The 23-year-old (24 in July) has started in all of his games since entering the league as the No. 17 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. In 2017, Neal earned a Pro Bowl nod after racking up 113 tackles, six passes defensed, four tackles for a loss, and one interception. His much anticipated follow-up was wiped out by an ACL tear last year, but he’s set to get back to work in 2019.

A fun fact from the Falcons’ press release: Since the fifth-year option for first-round picks was instituted in 2011, the Falcons have exercised the fifth-year option on each player they’ve selected in the first round. Overall, that’s a good indicator of the Falcons’ success rate inside of the first 32 picks.

Click here for a full rundown of every fifth-year option decision on 2016 first-round picks.

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  1. White Roddy

    Definitely a no-brainer. Expecting a big year out of Neal. Guy is a ball-hawk! And on a side note…he reminds me so much of a younger version of Seal (the singer/not the aquatic mammal)

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