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Rumor: The Green Bay Packers haven't offered enough money to outside linebacker Mike Neal according to Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Neal actually wasn't too bad in his first year at outside linebacker this past season. In fact, his 37 quarterback hurries were the most for the Packers and the 10th-most for a 3-4 outside linebacker in the entire NFL per Pro Football Focus (subscription required).
However, it's really hard to see Neal getting a huge payday this offseason. For starters, he doesn't offer much more for a defense outside of getting pressure on the quarterback.
The only way that Neal will be getting a big paycheck is if a team feels they can convert him back to a defensive end and have him be extremely productive.
The reason it's worth buying this rumor is mostly due to the fact that the Packers probably aren't foolish enough to pay too much money for Neal's services.
If the Packers aren't offering Neal enough money right now, it's likely they never will. It'd be much cheaper for Green Bay to add a pass-rushing specialist in the draft than to overpay for a player like Neal.