Our preview on the Browns’ exclusive rights free agents begins with RB Rajion Neal.
How and When He Joined the Browns: An undrafted free agent out of Tennessee in 2014, he first signed with the Green Bay Packers, where he spent all of training camp. He also spent some time on the practice squad and was with the club during all of training camp in 2015 before missing the final cut. After that, he had brief stints on the practice squads of the Miami Dolphins, Oakland Raiders, and Pittsburgh Steelers. The Browns gave Neal a tryout in June 2016 during mandatory minicamp, but did not sign him until early August.
Productivity Level Last Season: Neal had 4 carries for 6 yards (1.5 YPC) during the preseason, to go along with 1 catch for 0 yards. He was waived-injured with a knee injury when final roster cuts were due, and thus spent all year on IR.
Why Keeping Him Could Make Sense: He spent all of camp with the Browns in 2016, which could give him a knowledge-of-the-system advantage over some other outside players.
What the Browns Should Do: I would not tender Neal, who would cost $540,000. There are already four other running backs on the roster I’m intrigued by, and teams typically bring in another two backs in the undrafted free agent class.
Let us know below whether or not the team should try to tender or re-sign Rajion Neal!