The New England Patriots announced today that they have parted ways with DL Kony Ealy.
The 25-year-old has three seasons of NFL experience with the Carolina Panthers. The 2014 second-round draft pick was brought into New England along with a 2017 third-round pick from Carolina in exchange for a 2017 second-round pick in early March.
The 6-foot-4, 275-pound Ealy has played in 47 regular season games with 15 starts and has 76 total tackles, 14 sacks, one interception, five passes defended, six forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Last season, he played in 16 games, a starter for 6, and finished with 32 total tackles, 5 sacks, 3 passes deflections and 2 forced fumbles.
Ealy apparently couldn't find the right fit in the Patriots' defensive scheme, and it was that and no lack of talent that forced New England to release the defensive end. He should have no trouble finding teams interested in signing him in the near future.
Source: Patriots.com · Photo Credit: KEYSTONE PRESS