The Seahawks took the first step towards making sure safety Ryan Neal is back in Seattle in 2023, placing the right of first refusal tender on the restricted free agent.
Neal can still negotiate with other teams, but if he signs an offer sheet with another team, the Seahawks can match that offer. The right of first refusal tender does not give the Seahawks any draft compensation should Neal sign with another team with Seattle choosing not to match that deal.
Neal, 27, is coming off the best season of his NFL career, having started 10 games while recording career-highs in tackles (66), passes defensed (8) and tackles for loss (4), a season that saw him earn All-Pro honors from the analytics site Pro Football Focus.
The Seahawks also tendered qualifying offers to three exclusive rights free agents: cornerback Mike Jackson, defensive lineman Myles Adams and linebacker Jon Rhattigan. Unlike a restricted free agent, an exclusive rights free agent cannot negotiate with other teams.
Five players who were restricted or exclusive rights free agents did not receive qualifying offers, meaning they all became unrestricted free agents who are free to negotiate with other teams when the new league year began on Wednesday: receiver Penny Hart, running back Godwin Igwebuike, running back Tony Jones, linebacker Tanner Muse and receiver Cody Thompson.
Take a look back at some of the best photos of Seahawks safety Ryan Neal from the 2022 season.