Panthers deal Kony Ealy to Patriots
Posted March 10
Charlotte, N.C. — The Carolina Panthers continued their busy second day of free agency, shipping fourth-year defensive end Kony Ealy to the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, the team announced Friday afternoon.
Carolina will send Ealy and its 2017 third-round pick to New England in exchange for the Patriots’ 2017 second-round selection, as first reported by ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
The Panthers will move up eight spots in the upcoming draft from No. 72 in the third round to No. 64 in the second round.
Carolina will now have two picks in the second round and remain with its third-round compensatory pick at No. 98 overall.
Ealy, appeared in 16 games last season but garnered only five starts, eventually losing his starting job to defensive end Wes Horton.
The 25-year-old tallied 32 tackles, five sacks, two forced fumbles and one interception last season.
Carolina drafted Ealy out of Missouri with the No. 60 overall pick in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
Ealy played in 47 games with 15 starts in three seasons with the Panthers and recorded 43 tackles, 14 sacks, six forced fumbles, five passes defended and one interception.