Speaking to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, agent Neil Cornrich said that his client Stephen Neal has decided not to retire.
“He’s going to be playing,” Cornrich said. “We expect there to be a vibrant
free-agent market for his services.”
Neal had said after the playoff loss to the Ravens that he was going
to take some time and mull retirement. Now 33, Neal’s story is an
improbable one, going from elite collegiate wrestler and Olympic contender to starting offensive lineman on two Super Bowl teams.
Neal became a Patriot starter in 2004, after three years working his way up and battling some injuries, and has been entrenched in that role since 2009. With offensive coaches like Charlie Weis (Kansas City), Brian Daboll (Cleveland) and Josh McDaniels (Denver) out there having background with Neal, it’ll be interesting to see what kind of market there is for his services.