Patriots Acquire Kony Ealy Via Trade With Panthers

Alicia Guzman
March 11, 2017

Carolina will now have two picks in the second round and remain with its third-round compensatory pick at No. 98 overall.

According to Adam Schefter, the New England Patriots have acquired Kony Ealy from the Carolina Panthers.

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A key consideration in the deal is that Ealy enters the final year of his contract, so this could be a one-and-done situation.

Ealy was a 2 round draft pick (60 overall) for the Panthers during the 2014 NFL Draft. Ealy played 37% of the snaps as a rookie and had played almost 60% of the Panthers snaps over the past two season.

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At 25, though, Ealy is a player riddled with upside who has only started 15 games over the first three years of his career. The Missouri product made a name for himself in Super Bowl 50 when he sacked then Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning three times.

The Patriots now own the 72nd, 96th, and 103rd picks in the third round. They get Ealy and only move down 8 spots from the #64 to the #72 pick in the third round.

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Ealy, appeared in 16 games last season but garnered only five starts, eventually losing his starting job to defensive end Wes Horton. He's coming off a 2016 campaign that saw him record 32 tackles, five sacks and two forced fumbles. The trade gives the Patriots some more depth at defensive end, while it only cost them eight spots in the draft. The Patriots also lost Jabaal Sheard, who is signing with the Indianapolis Colts, sources told ESPN.

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