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Bucs add safety Keanu Neal, re-sign QB Blaine Gabbert

Aug 13, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Cardinals running back Chase Edmonds (2) runs the ball against Dallas Cowboys linebacker Keanu Neal (42) in the first half at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Billy Hardiman-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Billy Hardiman-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed veteran safety Keanu Neal and re-signed backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert on Wednesday.

Neal, a former Pro Bowler, has exceeded 100 tackles three times in his six-year career.

Neal spent his first five NFL seasons with the Atlanta Falcons — his Pro Bowl selection came in 2017 — before joining former Falcons head coach Dan Quinn in Dallas. Quinn, the defensive coordinator, moved Neal to linebacker and the latter had 72 tackles in 14 games (five starts) last season.

Overall, the 26-year-old Neal has 410 tackles, eight forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, two interceptions and two sacks in 63 games (53 starts).

Neal was a first-round pick (17th overall) in 2016 by the Falcons. He played college football at Florida.

Gabbert, 32, has seen action in 10 games over three seasons with the Buccaneers. He completed 16 of 27 passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns while backing up Tom Brady the past two seasons.

Gabbert has played for five NFL teams and has a 13-35 record as a starter. He has thrown for 9,273 yards, 50 touchdowns and 47 interceptions.

Gabbert was the 10th overall pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2011 and made 27 starts in three seasons with the team. He also played for the San Francisco 49ers (2014-16), Arizona Cardinals (2017) and Tennessee Titans (2018) before joining the Buccaneers.

Gabbert spent the 2019 season on injured reserve after his dislocating his left (non-throwing) shoulder in a preseason game.

–Field Level Media