Buccaneers attack former Cowboys LB to further bolster defense

Former Dallas Cowboys linebacker Keanu Neal returns to safety when he joins Todd Bowles and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2022.

A lot has happened for Keanu Neal in the past year.

In 2021, the longtime Atlanta Falcons safety man signed a one-year, $5 million deal that paired him with former Falcons head coach Dan Quinn in Dallas. Now Neal will meet familiar faces again when he returns home to central Florida. The Bushnell, Fla. native just signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and is returning to the safety position alongside Logan Ryan, who signed a new contract with the team in March.

Funnily enough, the new Buccaneers safety tandem of Ryan and Neal played each other in Super Bowl LI, with Ryan and Tom Brady’s New England Patriots defeating Neal’s Atlanta Falcons.

Keanu Neal joins the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as they continue to bolster their defense

As the Buccaneers bolster their defense, their Super Bowl odds remain the same, trailing just behind the Buffalo Bills as the preferred Super Bowl LVII winner.

While Tom Brady’s retirement is the factor that boosted their winning odds, Bucs general manager Jason Licht’s calculated off-season moves solidify their roster to improve their winning odds even further.

The Bucs were plagued by injuries in 2021, which was a factor in their eventual death during the playoffs. Even though the Buccaneers had their entire predicted starting defensive lineup in their playoff game against the Los Angeles Rams, their secondary’s weakness was still showing. Now the Bucs have two experienced safeties to bolster a young positional group that still has promising youngsters like Antoine Winfiled Jr.

The Athletic’s Greg Auman explains what signing Neal means for Tampa.

And as some have noted, PFF reporter Trevor Sikkema is quick to remind Neal that he may have former rivals on the team alongside Ryan and Brady – like Mike Evans after that head-turned tackle that wiped him out.

Now Neal can enjoy revenge games against the Atlanta Falcons, who are now back in his NFC South division. Buccaneers attack former Cowboys LB to further bolster defense

John Verrall

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