Potential Titans target: Mike Neal

March, 10, 2014
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Free agency opens Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET. We've been running down guys I think the Titans should look at.

We have reached the final one from a list I put together a bit over a week ago. We'll revisit the whole thing and perhaps touch on a few more names a bit later.

But first ...

Neal
Mike Neal, OLB/DE, Green Bay

Age: 26

Drafted: Second-round pick by Green Bay out of Purdue in 2010.

Career: Played in 36 games with 11 starts, 10.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, one interception.

2013: Played in 16 games, with 10 starts, five sacks, one forced fumble and an interception.

From ESPN Packers reporter Rob Demovsky: “They moved him to outside linebacker after playing three years at defensive end. He was productive rushing the passer and actually stayed relatively healthy for a change. His first three years, it was one injury after another and seemingly one excuse after another.

“He's a hard-working, decent guy. I think they'd like him back but not if it costs them much more than say $1.5 million to $2 million a year.”

From ESPN.com's resident scout Matt Williamson: “Neal played well for the Packers last year and is starting to come into his own. His best asset might be his versatility, which could make him attractive to the Titans.”

PFF says: No. 38 edge defender.

Bill Polian's grade: B-minus

My rationale: He probably won't be particularly expensive. With experience on the line and at linebacker, he could be a flexible piece in the Titans' new hybrid front.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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