The Tampa Bay Buccaneers continue to add to the safety position after the offseason departure of Jordan Whitehead, announcing Wednesday that they have signed Keanu Neal. Neal, a linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys in Dan Quinn's defense last season, will move back to safety -- where he spent the first five seasons of his career with the Atlanta Falcons.
Starting just five games for the Cowboys last season, Neal finished with 72 tackles with two quarterback hits and a sack. This was the first year that Neal, a Pro Bowler in 2017, played a full season and didn't finish with 100-plus tackles. He'll get the opportunity to revamp his career at safety, competing with Logan Ryan and Mike Edwards for the starting safety job alongside Antoine Winfield Jr.
Ryan recorded a career-high 117 combined tackles, eight passes defensed and two forced fumbles for the New York Giants last year and just turned 31 years old. Neal is 26 years old and can play the third safety role if he doesn't capture the other safety job, giving the Buccaneers strong depth at the position.
Tampa Bay appears to have enough in the secondary to make another Super Bowl run with cornerbacks Carlton Davis and Sean Murphy-Bunting along with their offseason additions at safety. Jamel Dean will be a part of the mix as well, creating one of the deepest secondaries in the game.
Under Bowles, the Buccaneers shouldn't have much of an issue in pass defense.