Seattle GM References Pursuing New Bucs Safety Ryan Neal Next Year

April 7th, 2023

Roger Goodell might need to slap a fine or a firm warning on Seattle general manager John Schneider.

Imagine if after cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting signed with the Titans last month, Bucs general manager Jason Licht told media he didn’t want to lose Murphy-Bunting but the Bucs can sign him next year in free agency because Tennessee only signed him to a one-year deal.

That’s bascially what Schneider did yesterday when talking about new Bucs safety Ryan Neal on 710 AM radio in Seattle.

GMs don’t talk about signing players on other teams. It’s taboo. What would the Bucs think if Rams coach Sean McVay was asked about the Rams’ future at QB and he said, ‘We’d love to make a free agent offer to Baker Mayfield after he plays for the Bucs this season?”

Neal played for Seattle the past three years and the Seahawks restricted Neal from leaving town by putting a free agent tender on him until about a week ago, Neal didn’t sign it and the team lifted the tender and set him free.

“We would have loved to have Ryan on our squad this year,” Schneider said. “You know, unfortunately, great guy, great player, great competitor, and he did a great job working with the staff and the staff did a great job developing him over the last several years. Unfortunately, there is a process to free agency and it’s just the reality of it. There’s different phases, there’s different consequences and you’re always competing as much as you can stay in as many deals as you possibly can, and then figuring out what you can and can’t do. …

“We had to remove the tender for Ryan and he ended up choosing to go to Tampa for what he thought was a better opportunity,” he said. “So we never close the door. You guys have seen that, and he’ll be a free agent next year.”

Joe was very pleased to see how dejected Seahawks fans were on social media after Neal signed with Tampa. And now his old Seattle GM isn’t hiding that his team missed out.

This bodes well for the likely new Bucs starting safety.

28 Responses to “Seattle GM References Pursuing New Bucs Safety Ryan Neal Next Year”

  1. Mr. Editor Says:

    What did the dejected Seahawks fans say about Ryan Neal?

  2. Canabuc Says:

    What an a$$. They didn’t have to remove the tender. They could have signed him to a good contract. They chose not to.

  3. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    I was a bit disappointed we didn’t resign Mike Edwards but I am now thinking we more than made up with the signing of Ryan Neal. I can wait to see what Ryan and Antoine Winfield do on the field together.

  4. Joe Swanson Says:

    Does it really make any difference?

  5. Letsbucinggo Says:

    Bucs should have used foresight and signed him to a longer contract while hes still affordable if he has a great year we won’t be able to afford him.

  6. Letsbucinggo Says:

    One year contracts are fine if you are going to make a superbowl run but you can’t build a solid foundation on one year contracts.

  7. SB~LV Says:


  8. Goatfarmer Says:

    Lock him up! (Ryan Neal I mean. To the Bucs I mean.)

  9. Jack Clark Says:

    “We would have loved to have Ryan on our squad this year. So we never close the door. You guys have seen that, and he’ll be a free agent next year.“

    I see nothing wrong with those generic, politically correct, cookie-cutter statements. If Seattle really wanted Ryan Neal they would have paid the man what he wanted. Hopefully Todd Bowels won’t crush his spirit to play football like he did Tom Brady’s

  10. Dooley Says:

    One year contracts are getting handed out this offseason because the owners and front offices know the cap will be getting a significant increase over the next 3-4 seasons. By the offseason of 2026 the NFL salary cap is projected to be in the ball park of $300M compared to the $224M cap right now.

    In the Bucs case, we were expecting to be strapped for cash and the next long term deals we are prioritizing will probably be for Winfield, Wirfs and maybe Devin White. Neal has a year to show us what he’s got, perhaps earn a new deal by seasons end, but if he falters it costs next to nothing to part ways with him. Same can be said for Mayfield & Gaines’ deals.

  11. SlyPirate Says:


    Donovan Smith is still unemployed. In 2020, Smith had a top 5 PFF ranking. It’s crazy that no one wants him.

  12. firethecannons Says:

    Pirate says:

    Donovan Smith is still unemployed. In 2020, Smith had a top 5 PFF ranking. It’s crazy that no one wants him.

    no doubt, DS spent too many snaps especially in red zone putting an opposing player in a headlock, it was too much effort to block.
    how many touch downs called back because of his actions?

  13. Knucknbuc Says:

    Nahhh Schneider you lost out. Methinks we’ll have another shaq Barrett type impact fa signing with this guy. He’s a baller. Will likely resign here if he has a great year. We’ll invest in our safeties and corners with Bowles background being in the secondary… he’s got a soft spot for them. Ryan Neal is gonna have a huge impact he’s Jordan whitehead and mike edwards combined

  14. A Bucs Fan Says:

    Tampa is Ryan Neal’s home! He comes here every offseason to train. I hope he shows out this year, like last year and the Bucs lock him up for years to come.

  15. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    I think technically it is tampering…but I would just give him a warning.

  16. Darin Says:

    Haven’t we seen what no pass rush means for any secondary? Don’t worry Seattle you’ll get him back next year cheaper, after bowles gets him playing his way

  17. teacherman777 Says:

    Antoine Winfield is short.

    Ryan Neal is listed as 6 ft 3.

    I love this signing.

    We needed a longer safety to match with Winfield because he is so short.

    Edwards was solid, but slow. Keanu Neal was solid but slow.

    Ryan Neal is a great signing!

    But we need to draft a young safety in the 4th round.

  18. dbbuc711 Says:

    Sure sounds like there was tampering there to me

  19. Ranger Walker Says:

    Fantastic 👌

  20. Ranger Walker Says:

    The Neal Signing not the idiot Schneider, this means their obvious plan of going pass rush early and often in the draft is going to happen and this Defense could be 100% back and lead this team back to the playoffs despite the offense. This FA period has looked great by Licht on paper let’s hope it all plays out that way in rl

  21. TampabayDJ Says:

    @Darin – That goes both ways. If you have a great pass rush but nobody in the secondary able to make plays from the pass rush then its just like when Cooper Kupp was able to run free for the big game winning catch to snatch our back to back Super Bowl wins away in 1 play ! The Bucs dynasty defense of the late 90’s and peaking in 2002 had the best pass rush and the best secondary in all the NFL. Bucs will be fine this year. I’d like to get JPP or Clowney to help out with the pass rush as rotation players. Also resign Gholston as he’s been solid for our Bucs for years. Go Bucs

  22. WVBuc Says:

    I’m sure Ryan Neal would sign a long term contract if he felt it was worth his value. Players take 1 year deals when they believe the market has them way undervalued. Neal is banking on earning a much bigger AAV next year.

  23. PauleyD Says:

    D.Smith was the most penalized player in the league last year…. Not tackle, player! Who would want him?!

  24. HC Grover Says:

    A glimmer of hope.

  25. Stanglassman Says:

    D. Smith will be a starting LT this year if he wants to. Nobody knows who’s offered him what. You only know he hasn’t agreed to a new contract. Smith was dealing with injury and off the field personal issues last year. We don’t even know if he’s interested in playing anymore. If I made 100 million the last half dozen years I might retire.
    Too many people don’t consider what they don’t know.

  26. Winky Says:

    Joes, there is no mention of Seattle pursuing him next year.

    I am confident you know English well enough to know the difference.

  27. Rod Munch Says:

    Interesting, I missed that part about him not signing the tender.

    Great! I hope the Bucs got a good player – at the very least you know he’s going to be extremely motivated.

  28. Power of Pewter Says:

    Donovan Smith rumored to be signing a 1yr $10M offer from the Lions.