Bucs Found A Safety

April 4th, 2023

Makes a move.

UPDATED: 8:44 p.m. – The Bucs addressed a hole on their defense today.

Per Jordan Schultz of @theScore, the Bucs now have two safeties with more than one defensive snap in their careers.

Obviously, Antoine Winfield is one safety. Now add former Seattle safety Ryan Neal.

A five-year veteran, Neal had his best season last year with eight passes defended, a pick and a sack. He started 10 games in 2022. Undrafted out of Southern Illinois in 2018, Neal signed with Philadelphia but was cut quickly and landed with Atlanta. He was a practice squad guy with Seattle in 2019 and was a significant contributor for the past three seasons.

Joe was very pleased to learn that Neal was a special teams standout before getting so much work filling in for injured Jamal Adams last season. Hopefully he learned a ton playing alongside Pro Bowl safeties Quandre Diggs and Adams.

Seattle had a restricted free agent tender on Neal until four days ago. They pulled the protective tender because Neal hadn’t signed it and Seattle had pounced on another safety.

60 Responses to “Bucs Found A Safety”

  1. Goatfarmer Says:

    Canales must have vouched for him. Good. Hope Bloweszo doesn’t crush his spirit with his energy sucking coaching and ultra complex schemes.

  2. Dooley Says:


  3. Thisisouryear!! Says:

    I hate the negativity towards Bowles. Yeah I get the offensive disappointment last year, but his defensive players love him and several of them are because they love playing for him. We’ve read it over and over. Sounds like a solid pickup.

  4. Larrd Says:

    Bowles’ defensive players are only half the team.

  5. MadMax Says:

    Nice! We needed that….now draft Mekhi Garner with a figured out 4th and convert him to safety (plus he has played Safety, just known more as a CB at LSU)

  6. Ben Harvey Says:

    Nice signing. The negativity towards Bowles is deserved. He just doesnt have “it”. I’m open to giving him another year but mostly because this is a gap year anywhere.

  7. Jfan Says:

    Signed a safety but lost a tackle. Josh Wells signed with the Jags today. Tackle is appearing as the big weakness. This safety signing pretty much assures a tackle will be picked at 19. Go Bucs!

  8. LUVMYBUCS Says:


  9. Fred McNeil Says:

    That should help a little.
    Why was he let go?

  10. BA’s Red Pen Says:

    Thisisouryear!!, you should just skip all of Goatfondler’s posts. He’s the biggest Troll on this website and he definitely has anger issues.

  11. Fred McNeil Says:

    If we lost josh wells we’ll need two tackles.

  12. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    March 31st, 2023 at 5:29 pm

    The Seattle Seahawks have made the decision to withdraw the restricted free agent tender from Ryan Neal, effectively making him an unrestricted free agent who is now free to sign with any team.

    It will be interesting to see whether the Bucs pursue Neal, or perhaps shift their focus to the highly-regarded All-Pro Safety, Kevin Byard of the Titans, once he hits the open market.

    The outcome of these decisions could have a significant impact on the upcoming season, as both players possess unique skillsets that could bolster our defensive unit.

  13. Vlad The Impaler Says:

    Yes, the negativity towards Bowles is only superseded by the blatant conspiracy to keep Trask down.
    Bowles has obviously proven over and over that he’s a great head coach.
    Why anyone would doubt Bowles is beyond me.

  14. Greg G Says:

    If we lost Josh Wells we didn’t lose a tackle. We lost a player that the team had no excuse putting on the field. He was terrible at best, and a danger to our team at worst.

  15. Vlad The Impaler Says:


  16. Vlad The Impaler Says:

    (Laughing at my previous comment, not you Greg G)

  17. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    RCB Jamal Dean
    LCB Carlton Davis
    NCB Brian Branch ??
    S Antonio Winfield Jr.
    SS Ryan Neal

    The New Legion of Boom?

  18. Stormy Says:

    The negativity toward Bowles is justified. His track record as a head coach is abysmal, and he made the same types of head-scratching, gutless calls last year that he made while he was in NY.

    I hope the light goes on at some point, but right now it doesn’t look good.

  19. rrsrq Says:

    Maybe he is the next Shaq

  20. sasquatch Says:

    Take Branch off the table in round 1. Still could go safety in round 2 or 3.

  21. Voice of Truth Says:

    Very good signing and frees up a draft pick need

  22. FortMyersDave Says:

    Anyone who questions why Buc fans have little confidence in Bowels needs to watch the Browns game from last year and his lame comments after the loss. The dude’s ultra conservative philosophy cost the Bucs a slam dunk W. Also view how he did not force Leftwich to make adjustments in the embarrassing Pitt loss. Many owners would have launched Bowels over those 2 losses alone. Throw in the Cincy L for good measure. Bruce A could have got 11 wins minimum as head coach.

  23. Pewter941 Says:

    Watching Locked on Seahawks podcast on YouTube, Seahawks fans are passed he left. Adams contract was to big to cut him.

  24. Bucsfanman Says:

    LUV, we can dream, right?!
    Good signing!

  25. All_da_way Says:

    Very good value signing and the Bucs are not forced to draft a safety in rounds 1-3. Safety can wait till the 5th round or the Bucs can trade up into the 4th round using the 2 5th round picks.

    I am thinking the Bucs draft trenches in rounds 1-3 and then address TE, WR, LB,RB and DB at the backend of the draft.

  26. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    @ Bucsfanman

    Lol, No doubt brotha.

  27. Goatfarmer Says:

    Captn Tim in another thread made a great case for Wirfs wanting the LT spot and for the Bucs trying him there. Leaves Hosedonkey the chance to compete for QB I mean RT.

  28. unbelievable Says:

    Ah, I was hoping the Bucs would go after him after Seattle removed the restricted tender from him.

    Nice addition!

  29. Allbuccedup Says:

    Must be cheap!

  30. tampabayallday Says:

    This is a good pick up. He played well last year.

  31. PNW Buc Says:

    Great get! Him and Jr. will hold it down this year.
    Draft a safety on Day 3 and line up a few of the top undrafted defensive backs to compete and fill out the roster needs.

  32. Joe Blow Says:

    I’m sick of the negativity against Bowles too. I guess we should all hold past failures against someone, like Goatf***er does. What’s in your closet (pen)?

  33. Goatfarmer Says:

    Another Leap for Licht.

    (There used to be a ridiculous poster maybe from a different forum years ago who was a Dumbanik slurper, who also hated Gruden, and until the day the incompetent fool was fired, this “expert” insisted “the rebuild is complete” and had a strange fetish for Matt McCoy. He would always say “Another Dandy for Dum.” )

  34. westernbuc Says:

    Bowles hate is dumb because his defense, which I’ve criticized, is substantially better than anything we’ve seen in the time since Monte.

  35. Goatfarmer Says:

    western, you have a point. Between Raheehaw, Lovie and Mike Smith, we saw some of the most legendarily bad defense in the history of the NFL, so, yeah.

    At least Bowels can shut down the really bad teams most of the time. Those wankers couldn’t even do that so they were the worst team.

  36. Dre bucs fan Says:

    Great value signing, I’m starting to notice it’s a lot of hungry guys getting signed lately by Licht with chips on their shoulders eager to prove people wrong! See 2019 signing with Shaq Barrett! I’m leaning towards Tackle now for sure with first pick, lol but if a guy like Bijan Robinson I’d sitting there it’s hard not to take right @joebucsfan? I’m excited about this season as the offseason progresses, they’re definitely given us something to look forward to next year!

  37. SB Says:

    What’s good LUV?

  38. So there's Hope Says:

    Bowels is a defensive coordinator. Not a head Coach.

  39. Darin Says:

    I hate my negativity towards bowles too. Wish he didn’t give me so many reasons to be that way. If only a head coach could have someone more qualified make the in game decisions for him.

  40. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    What’s good brother?

    Wrapping up a few Bids; I’ll call you.

  41. Brandon Jeff Says:

    So let me get this straight. We let go of Logan Ryan and Keanu Neal then picked up a combination of the two? I’m so confused!

  42. Tye Says:

    Hopefully Ryan works out and even becomes a tp contributor for the Bucs….

    Bowels stifled what was among the top scoring offense for 2 years and struggled to score a TD each game… Couldn’t produce a winning season with Tom Brady as his qb SO that makes Bowels one of THE worst HC in NFL history… The Bucs will be instantly better the moment Bowels is cut loose!

  43. 80forBrady Says:

    Brandon Jeff – that’s funny. Maybe Bowles told Licht sign Ryan and Neal and this is what he interpreted it as

  44. Delusional Intelligence Says:

    I still think they address it in the draft or we bring back someone.

  45. Goatfarmer Says:

    Hate is emotional spite towards a person. Dislike for a job done in legendarily poor fashion is not hate. It’s simply looking at the facts and using logic.

    Most football fans on this site don’t hate Bowels, they just recognize that after 4 consecutive losing seasons as head coach with a 5th looming, he simply sucks at the job.

    Results, you know.

  46. Duane Says:

    Add Brian Burns to this mix and this secondary could be special.

  47. TOMMY MORDUE Says:


  48. Canabuc Says:

    Like the signing. Starter and or depth.
    Think we gontackle with our first pick
    Then the edge rusher out of Kansas state
    Then trade up to get safety out Illinois Brown or if not grab Robinson out of FSU in 3rd.
    Then see a pick in 5th for rb depth or developmental lineman.

  49. SOEbuc Says:

    Wells is 98 years old and in a wheelchair. He was garbage. Take a chance with anyone compared to him for second string.

  50. SOEbuc Says:


    I thought you said consecutive losing seasons like Bucs didn’t win the division. And another looming? Best kind of real Bucs fan there is.

  51. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Lucky it wasn’t Ryan O’Neal.

  52. Rod Munch Says:

    If he’s good, why did they let him go?

    I just hope he’s not as slow as the Neal on the team last year, who was about 2-3 steps too slow to still be playing.

    Anyways, I’m sure it’s a cheap signing, so hopefully he does well and the Bucs get a bargain.

  53. Beej Says:

    Bucs depth chart shows new guy and AW both at SS? I thought AW was a FS

  54. 74 Bucs Fan Says:

    So we let go Logan Ryan and Keanu Neal, and picked us Ryan Neal? Lol

  55. A Bucs Fan Says:

    YES!!! Great pick up! One I was hoping for.

  56. ScottyMack Says:

    Stellar signing! Ryan Neil entered the fray after Adams got injured last year and graded out as one of the top safeties in the league. Anyone who thinks this is anything but a steal has no idea what they are talking about.

  57. rrsrq Says:

    very good @74 Bucs Fan, but I do not think Logan Ryan is off the table yet. He is a vet, he can take his time and he knows i Bowles defense he can play multiple positions

  58. emo Says:

    Apparently, Ryan Neal was a top 5 graded safety last year. Pretty sure we got a good one.

  59. Infomeplease Says:

    The secondary is good, now the o-line and d-line!

  60. Infomeplease Says:

    Or should I say good enough for now!