GREEN BAY —
Defensive end-linebacker Mike Neal apparently is returning to the
Wednesday evening on the Twitter account of the unrestricted free
agent said "Hi Green Bay!!! I'll enjoy your winters for two
Messaged left by
The Associated Press for Neal's agent were not immediately
Neal on Twitter
later received congratulations from Johnny Jolly, himself an
unrestricted free agent who played last year in Green Bay.
In his fourth
year out of Purdue, Neal last season played more linebacker and
rushed from the outside in the Packers' 3-4 scheme. It turned out
to be an important move with Clay Matthews and Nick Perry missing
time due to injuries.
Neal had five
sacks in 16 games and 10 starts last season, all career highs.
Green Bay on
Wednesday did lose safety M.D. Jennings, who signed a one-year
deal with the Chicago Bears. Jennings had one interception in 26
starts over the last two seasons.
McCarthy has said he would like more impact players across the
defense, and the team could turn to the draft to address the
safety spot opposite Morgan Burnett.
As for Jolly, a
message on his Twitter account Tuesday said that he had
"great news" from his doctor about the neck injury that
knocked him out late last season.
The neck fusion
had "healed perfectly" and he had a "green
light" to start some strength work, Jolly said.