Atlanta Falcons free agent safety Keanu Neal has joined the the Dallas Cowboys on a one year deal. Tom Pelissero reported the deal on Twitter Saturday night.
Neal joins former head coach Dan Quinn in Dallas. Quinn took the defensive coordinator job with the Cowboys after being let go by Falcons owner Arthur Blank after another miserable start to the season.
Neal was arguably the best safety the Atlanta Falcons have ever had. That may sound like hyperbole, but the list isn’t a long one. Eugene Robinson? Scott Case? It has not been a position that resonates with Falcons fans the way running back, receiver, even cornerback might in Atlanta.
But before his injuries, Neal was good. Really good.
Neal was a Pro-Bowl selection in 2017, his second season in the league. He had 116 tackles and four tackles for loss that season.
Neal only played in four games the next two seasons as he had career ending injuries in both. He rebounded in 2020 to have another 100+ tackle season, but he wasn’t quite the same player he had been.
The Falcons up against the salary cap had little choice but to let him walk in 2021. His one year deal with the Cowboys represents a kick the tires deal for Dallas. If Neal can get back to 100%, expect him to be offered a multi year deal from Dallas. He’s still just 25 years old.