Former Missouri DE Kony Ealy will suit up for the defending Super Bowl champions in 2017.
The Carolina Panthers have traded Ealy and a third-round pick (No. 72 overall) in 2017 to the New England Patriots for a second rounder (No. 64 overall), ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.
Carolina trading DE Kony Ealy and a third-round pick to Patriots in exchange for New England's second-round pick, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 10, 2017
Put in other terms: the Patriots move down 8 slots in the draft to acquire Kony Ealy. An edge player for them. https://t.co/R0DxwzQHjR
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) March 10, 2017
The Patriots were looking for depth on the edge after DE Chris Long departed in free agency.
Ealy started six games for Carolina in 2016. He matched a career high with 5 sacks, and he also recorded an interception. The Panthers took him in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft.