Passionate Ryan Neal Ready To Roll

April 6th, 2023

New Bucs safety Ryan Neal.

This guy brings the juice!

Man, watching the introductory press conference with new Bucs safety Ryan Neal, Joe felt like pounding Bromosas. This guy is fired up and ready to hit.

Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht likes Type-A personalities. His experience and research show guys with big personalities are more likely to work their arses off and max out their skills.

Boy, did Licht find his prototype with Neal, the former Seahawks safety who started 10 games last season. From the second he stepped to the podium at One Buc Palace, Neal’s personality filled the room. He is stoked to sign with the Bucs and ready to hit the practice fields.

Neal described himself to Bucs fans as “a dude who plays with will and plays with desperation.”

“That’s the best way I can describe it. I just play fast. I give everything I’ve got,” Neal said. “That’s just how I’ve been. My journey is based off that and it shows how I play. The passion of it. The desperation of it. Trying to get from Point-A to Point-B as fast as I can and really be consistent.

“I think that is one thing I pride myself on is being consistent. You never want to be great one day and terrible the next time. You want to be consistently great.

“I think what you will get out of me is a consistently good football player who is going to leave it on the field every time he plays.”

Dang, Neal’s got the juice. Chucky would have loved him.

If Neal brings the passion (and the results) to equal his personality and drive, Licht got a steal in free agency.

43 Responses to “Passionate Ryan Neal Ready To Roll”

  1. Steven007 Says:

    His attitude combined with his obvious skills makes me very happy about this signing. Hopefully this will shore up the starting safeties and we can draft for depth.

  2. sasquatch Says:

    It’s kinda like he fell in our lap. I think we got lucky here. We need a few more lucky strokes this offseason.

  3. A Bucs Fan Says:

    We got so lucky!! He was the 4th rated safety last year and the ONLY reason he’s free is Jamal Adams contract is too big to dump!

    Total upgrade in play from Logan Ryan, Keanu Neal and a much better tackler than Mike Edwards.

  4. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    A hybrid name of two departing safeties…..Logan Ryan & Keano Neal.

  5. AL121976 Says:

    Great pick up!!!!!!

  6. Dooley Says:

    Very good introductory presser and I can’t wait to see how Neal & Winfield get acclimated with one another. Kind of felt if we were bringing in another safety Bowles might want a longer, rangier athlete on the back end and that exactly what we get with Neal. Dude shows up on tape too, so again it’ll be exciting seeing how Bowles put him to use. Still wouldn’t rule us drafting a safety out, but it certainly means we’ll be on the lookout for a nickel corner draft weekend and there’s a good mix of prospects that’ll be viable options for us at that position.

  7. Rick Says:

    I could still see us keeping Logan Ryan. He was a fine player last year. That said, this is an upgrade over Edwards in my opinion.

  8. Da Bucs Guy Says:

    Licht is better at Buying rather than Drafting.

  9. Redeemer Says:

    His versatility is a huge plus. Seattle lined him up all over last year. The slot, the box and deep. Think he had over 100 snaps at those spots last year. Think a younger, stronger faster Logan Ryan. I love his size too. Just an overall good player. Love the pickup, just wish the deal was longer.

  10. Jack Clark Says:

    I like that Ryan Neal’s 6’3 height balances out Antoine Winfield Jr. 5’9 height because we have someone who can defend against jump balls to 6’5 receivers like Mike Evans.

    Todd Bowels needs to do a better job coaching up our secondary so they will stop blowing coverages and getting torched

  11. Redeemer Says:

    Jack, amen. From your lips to God’s ears.

  12. Marine Buc Says:

    Another great pick up for the Bucs…

    This off-season has had several pleasant surprises.

    We still need to draft another safety though but not in the first or second round.

  13. Rod Munch Says:

    He’s a vet minimum pickup… hopefully he’s good, but if not, hopefully he can be a decent backup. A very low risk (only $108k guaranteed) player with some experience.

  14. K2 Says:

    I’m sure the Bucs structured the deal to be cap friendly….but this guy can bring it. Huge signing for the Bucs. I believe we upgraded our safety play. Edwards did not ball out when he got his chance last year…this guy absolutely crushed it.

  15. BucNnole Says:


  16. Mike Johnson Says:

    Maybe this guy will rub off on Devin White. Less rah rah, missed tackles,and more ply making and hard hittin.

  17. A Bucs Fan Says:

    @Rod he turned down more money for the opportunity to start in Tampa. He’s an undrafted, late bloomer who is poised to make a real impact this season.

  18. Oxycondoms Says:

    Its cool and all but defense gets no pressure on qb and you have cowboys wrs running free

  19. Sly Pirate Says:


    How did Licht get this guy? Our secondary is SOLID. With a great pass rusher, this is a top 5 defense.

  20. Biff Barker Says:

    I feel terrible about Devin White constant miscues and sadly, I’m not alone. Bowles thinks he’s elite. But he sucks just like JTS and DT Hall.

    Our investment in high defensive pics has failed us. Sorry Todd. That’s all on you.

  21. Jeff Says:

    I think Light has had a stellar offseason. I was really down on him but he’s putting together the bones for a good team. If Baker works out, the Bucs could win 9 games. Need to work on that pass rush. Bucs are desperate for edge rushers.

  22. #99 the Big fella Says:

    Wow I don’t believe it.. no negative responses today.. everyone must of took a happy pill today.

  23. Bojim Says:

    Think Jason has been doing a fine job. I think we’re lucky to have him. Good signing BTW.

  24. Dooley Says:

    Neal also goes by the nickname “Rhino” can’t wait to use that in context lol

  25. SB Says:

    @99………..Yeah I thought I was on the wrong site as I was reading the comments. 😂

  26. Goatfarmer Says:

    Licht is knocking it out of the galaxy. Another Leap for Licht!

    Now keep Bloweszo from negating this man’s great energy and maybe the defense could stop Taylor’s Heinekens.

  27. GuyManDude Says:

    This is great news! I bet Brady wishes this guy would have been playing against the Rams that fateful night back on 01/23/22… In fact, I bet Brady almost wishes he would have stayed with the bucs this year. The OL will be back, better, and healthier and we are actually improving our team in some ways by getting younger and better talent with a 10x better OC. Plus, Brady had no OL help after Marpet’s retirement and Stinnie and Jensen’s season ending injuries. Look at how our defense handled the Chiefs in the Superbowl when they lost over half of their OL – ZERO TD’s!!! Between a horrible OL and a horrible OC it’s no wonder we couldn’t score more than 18 points/game… If Brady lost his arm as some people said, he wouldn’t have thrown for 432 yards against the stinking Panthers…

  28. #99 the Big fella Says:

    And of course Goat farmer screws up the positive comments streak with is daily Bowles trashing.. Get over it Goathumper Bowles is here for this upcoming season..

  29. Goatfarmer Says:

    #99 I know Bloweszo is here for the 2023 season. We’re stuck with him.

    Licht is doing a great job, plugging holes in the roster faster than the Dutch kid and the dike. So any mediocre head coach should be able to prosper, and if not, then they’ll be opening a chain of rectal creams and ointments supply stores in 2024.

  30. So there's Hope Says:

    Licht is doing his job 👍💪

  31. David Says:

    Him and Winfield with Davis and Dean make for a very good backfield. McCullom needs to step up because depth is the issue right now

  32. Rod Munch Says:

    A Bucs Fan Says: @Rod he turned down more money for the opportunity to start in Tampa. He’s an undrafted, late bloomer who is poised to make a real impact this season.


    Mayfield also turned down more money. So did Gaines. So did Dean. That’s what everyone says.

    Anywho, I hope he’s awesome. But the reality is he’s been a FA for weeks and signed a vet min deal. That’s not generally the profile of a up and coming star. But I really do hope you’re right in your enthusiasm.

  33. Rod Munch Says:

    GuyManDude – If Brady actually wished he was still playing here, he could just unretire and sign a new deal. Licht would do that in a microsecond.

    But no, I don’t think resigning a backup off a bad defense for min wage is making Brady question his decision.

  34. A Bucs Fan Says:

    @ Rod Munch- I don’t know about Gaines, Dean or Mayfield taking less money. However, Ryan Neal was a restricted free agent who could not sign with anyone because was tendered by Seattle. The deal guaranteed at least double what he is making in Tampa. He refused to sign because he wanted a chance to start and Seattle’s secondary is crowded with starters and big contracts (Jamal Adams primarily). They signed Julian Love from the Giants and rescinded the tender making him a free agent just six days ago. He lasted less than a 5 days on the market.

    Now the reason I am so high on him is his size and because his play was genuinely great, and versatile. He played over 100 defensive snaps in three positions for Seattle’s defense and graded very well in both run and pass defense. In fact, PFF put him on their All-Pro team for 2022 (over Tyrann Mathieu) which is high praise for an undrafted guy who started only 10 games last season.

    Now, he’ll still have to learn the system and put it together in Tampa, but on paper this was a huge steal. Definitely my favorite move behind resigning LVD. Hopefully he stays healthy and proves it this fall!

  35. #99 the Big fella Says:

    A bucs fan well said…some of these guys comment to just read the comment they posted back..

  36. Goatfarmer Says:

    The term “ready to roll” makes me cringe. It’s those words that Mark Dumbestnik used about DuhQuan “6 shooter” Bowers explaining why he released Michael Bennett.

    But I love the signing . Sorry if that’s not positive for 99 the fat boy.

  37. #99 the Big fella Says:

    Goat molester you are a total loser..probably still living with your need to get a life and a job..

  38. Bucsfan714 Says:

    Praying he works out better than Darrelle Revis or even Carl Nicks

  39. 80forBrady Says:

    Love the signing. Hope he can bring the wood on Sundays.

  40. MadMax Says:

    Welcome aboard Ryan!!!

    Great job Mr. Licht…

  41. Goatfarmer Says:

    Fat boys don’t like facts or have a clue about other people. Here’s a fact. Bucs head coach is now sporting a run of four consecutive losing seasons in the position. FACT.

    But look on the bright side. He’s not made it to five in a row yet. Eat another cream donut fat boy.

  42. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    I am not a Bowles fan either…as a head coach.

    But this new OC is a wildcard. If it turns out he is really good, Bowles could get lucky. Depending on the draft of course.

    And so far as the ladt two drafts…it is far too soon to judge them harshly. Heck, even Hall could take a leap…maybe.

  43. #99 the Big fella Says:

    So goat humper calls someone 6 ft 5 inches 280 lbs fat..I don’t like Bowles either, But the constant bashing every day gets old.. try a little positivity in your life , you just might like it. For what the bucs had financially to work with I happen to like the moves that were made. Bowles did not pick his staff last season. Let’s give him a chance if it’s the same then fire away..