The Panthers brought back the franchise’s top two sackers this offseason.
So today, they traded a guy they were hoping might join that list someday but didn’t.
Speculation began to brew earlier in the day that Peppers’ return could make Ealy expendable (Bill Voth of Black and Blue Review mentioned it), but the destination and the return remains a surprise.
Ealy, a former second-rounder, had an MVP-level performance in Super Bowl 50, tying a Super Bowl record with three sacks and a forced fumble and an interception. But given a chance to follow up and get a big payday from the Panthers, he only had five sacks last season.
And with the Panthers trading him for eight spots of draft stock (72 to 64), it shows the value they put on him entering the last year of his contract.