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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Packers re-sign Mike Neal

By Rob Demovsky

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers have kept another one of their own free agents.

Mike Neal, a former second-round draft pick, re-signed with the team on Wednesday.

He announced his signing via his Twitter account:

Hi Green Bay!!! I'll enjoy your winters for two more years!!

- Michael Neal (@mneal96) March 12, 2014

He also confirmed the signing to

Neal played defensive end his first three seasons with the Packers, but he successfully transitioned to outside linebacker last offseason and showed promise as an outside rusher.

He tied for third on the team with five sacks, including four in the final seven games.

Perhaps more importantly, the oft-injured Neal stayed relatively healthy and when he did have issues, he played through them. He did not miss a game for the first time in his career after battling shoulder and knee injuries earlier in his career.

Although the Packers have not signed any free agents from other teams, they have retained two of their own free agents. On Saturday, cornerback Sam Shields returned for a four-year, $39 million deal. They began the free-agency period with 17 unrestricted free agents.