Report: Mike Neal visits Seahawks, Lions

Ryan Wood
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If Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Mike Neal plays elsewhere next season, it may be for a familiar opponent.

Green Bay Packers linebacker Mike Neal (96) celebrates a defensive play against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field.

Neal, a free agent, has visited the Seattle Seahawks and Detroit Lions, according to a NFL Network report. The Seahawks are among the Packers' fiercest rivals, while the Lions are their neighbor within the NFC North.

Neal has spent his first six seasons with the Packers after being drafted in the second round out of Purdue in 2010. He battled injury issues early in his career, but has stayed healthy and played each game the past three seasons.

Neal started 15 of his 16 games last season, but he could be expendable after the Packers re-signed fellow outside linebacker Nick Perry to a one-year, $5 million deal. Perry has shown more pass-rush burst than Neal, breaking out with 3.5 sacks in two playoff games.

In six seasons, Neal has produced 19 sacks for the Packers. He was drafted to play along the defensive line, but he moved to outside linebacker before the 2013 season. He had four sacks last season, the fourth straight season he’s had between 4 and 5 sacks. and follow him on Twitter @ByRyanWood

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