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Keanu Neal Signs With The Buccaneers

In the 2021 , the Cowboys made a move to sign former Falcons . A first-round pick for Atlanta back in 2016, Neal quickly made a name for himself as a hard-hitting safety who was a force in the run game. A crucial member of Atlanta's under , he was a selection in 2017.

Unfortunately, his career took a turn when he tore his ACL in the first game of the . He would miss the rest of the season before returning in 2019. This return would be short-lived however as he then tore his Achilles tendon three games into the season.

While he would return in 2020, he was not quite the same player. However, when he signed with the Cowboys in 2021, many considered it a good move. Signed to a one-year, $5 million contract, Neal got the chance to reunite with Quinn who was now the Cowboys' . Due to potentially sapping some of his athletic ability, Neal was moved down to .

Keanu Neal is heading to Tampa Bay

In 2021, Neal played quite often for the Dallas defense. In fact, he played 61% of the defensive snaps en route to 72 tackles, four tackles for loss, and one sack. Despite the considerable playing time, Neal was not an effective player when on the field. Given a 35.9 PFF Grade, he was a replaceable player throughout the season.

As such, the Cowboys did not make a huge effort to re-sign him. Instead, Neal will be heading to the who just recently lost starting safety Whitehead. Neal will also be switching back to his original position of safety for the Buccaneers as they look to once again fortify a defense capable of winning a .

For Dallas, the search for more linebackers continues. While Leighton Vander-Esch and are returning for 2022, it is certainly a group that lacks depth. With veterans such as Donta Hightower and Kyle Van Noy still available, it remains to be seen whether Dallas will address the group through or the draft.

Jason Willis
Jason Willis
Just a guy who loves sports. Writing for The Raider Ramble, Inside The Star, Just Blog Baby, and NFL Draft Lounge. Host of the Can O Corn Baseball Podcast. "My satisfaction is knowing that my desires will not be killed."

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