When the Chicago Bears released veteran defensive end Julius Peppers on Tuesday, the team created an instant need at the defensive end position. The Bears are in search for a defensive end to play on the opposite end of free-agent signee Lamarr Houston.
Green Bay Packers free agent defensive end Mike Neal could be the defensive end that the Bears are searching for. Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports that the Bears may have interest in Neal. Though, the report states that Bears general manager Phil Emery may be waiting for the market to settle before making his next signing.
Neal had a productive season with the Packers last season. Neal started 10 games for the Packers while playing in all 16 for the Packers in 2013. On the season, the 26-year old Neal recorded a career-high in sacks with 5 and tackles with 47. Neal also forced a fumble last season with the Packers.
There are better options on the market for the Bears. For instance, Jared Allen and Justin Tuck both would fit the Bears need for a pass-rusher. Though, Neal certainly would come at cheaper rate than either Allen or Tuck would.