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Packers free agency: Mike Neal visits with Seahawks, Lions, per report

Edge rusher Mike Neal has visited with two teams already, though he could still return to the Packers.

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With the Green Bay Packers showing lukewarm-at-best interest in Mike Neal, the outside linebacker has begun shopping his wares to other teams. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Neal took visits with the Seattle Seahawks and Detroit Lions since the start of free agency.

As expected, the Packers have remained relatively quiet thus far in the new league year. They re-signed edge rusher Nick Perry to a one-year contract and allowed cornerback Casey Hayward to depart for a multi-year deal with the San Diego Chargers. At least publicly, the team hasn't made much noise about retaining Neal, the team's starter at left outside linebacker while Clay Matthews played inside.

Neal has several redeeming qualities that could entice a team like the Seahawks or Lions to sign him. He plays well against the run and can rush the passer with some modicum of success. He also can line up in a number of different spots on defense. Most clubs probably don't view him as a starter, but he shouldn't have too much trouble finding a home over the next few weeks.

If the Packers want him back, they probably can't wait too much longer.

Jason B. Hirschhorn is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and covers the NFL for Sports on Earth and SB Nation. He also serves as the senior writer and editor for Acme Packing Company, a Green Bay Packers blog.