Panthers trade Kony Ealy to Patriots

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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.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Panthers have traded defensive end Kony Ealy to the Patriots along with a third-round pick, and will get New England’s second-round pick in return.

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.

This will put the Panthers back in the market for some young pass-rush, even with bringing Julius Peppers and Charles Johnson back, along with 2016’s leading sacker Mario Addison.

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.

102 responses to “Panthers trade Kony Ealy to Patriots

  1. There is probably about a 65% chance that the Patriots get the same guy at 72 that they would have gotten at 64. If that happens essentially that would mean they got Ealy for free.

  2. pftlol says:
    Mar 10, 2017 4:01 PM
    In before all the Patriot “fans” start claiming how amazing this deal was and that a repeat is guaranteed.
    ——————
    Great, you win? I guess?

  3. PFTLOL is appropriately named…any objective fan can see this is a good deal. Young DE with upside acquired for only moving down 8 draft slots in a loaded draft…BB plays 3 dimensional chess while doing sudoku and the rest of the league struggles with checkers.

  4. @pftlol

    now all the Patsy fans will be butthurt because someone said something not nice about them. Good thing it’s Friday, because all productivity in the greater Boston area just stopped.

  5. Replacement for Long? Not sure but giving up a second is pretty big, so….hope it works out!

  6. At first look, appears to be a good trade. Pats drop 8 spots from their second round pick and get a potential starter for under $2m

  7. Pftlol – As a Pats fan I don’t find it ‘amazin’. Just interesting. Wondering what his cap number is and why Carolina would part with him.

    One thing about NFL trades/transactions that is different from other sports – just because a guy doesn’t work out for one team doesn’t mean he cannot contribute for another unlike baseball, hockey, basketball where if you no longer make a contribution with one team doesn’t mean you won’t with another.

  8. They basically have moved down in the draft from the 64th pick to the 72nd and got Ealy to boot. I don’t care if you hate the Pats that’s a pretty good trade and low risk.

  9. Packer fan here, Thank you Julius. We enjoyed having you for 3 years. Wished we could have cashed in a SB ring for you like we did for Reggie. Carolina is where you needed to end it in glory. Best wishes.

  10. Pats aren’t looking for 15 sacks, they are looking to replace similar production and position flexibility they got from Sheard/Long, and this does just that. A great deal for the Pats.

  11. Wow. We get Ealy and it only cost us 8 spots in the draft order. I’d do that all day long.

    Mock me all day long if you’d like but I love being a Patriots fan. No days off!

  12. pftlol says:
    Mar 10, 2017 4:01 PM
    In before all the Patriot “fans” start claiming how amazing this deal was and that a repeat is guaranteed.

    Okay. Please explain how this is a BAD deal for the Patriots, then.

  13. .
    @pftlol

    Very few Patriots fans have any knowledge of Ealy, other than his Super Bowl performance. All we know is that we lost Chris Long and Jabaal Sheard and need to replace them. We can only hope that the deal works out.
    .

  14. Patsy fans are still the worst fans in all of sports.

    Too smug to enjoy the SB victory, too stoopid to know when to shut their chowdahead traps.

    Martellus was right, they’re just a bunch of MASS-holes, the whole lot of them.

    Carry on.

    Go RAIDERS

  15. pftlol says:
    Mar 10, 2017 4:01 PM
    In before all the Patriot “fans” start claiming how amazing this deal was and that a repeat is guaranteed.
    ______________

    First, you can lose those “” around the word fans. There are very few teams that have a fanbase as large, loyal, and long term as the Patriots.

    Next, NE knows how to use the castoffs that other teams don’t want. Belichick goes after players that NE targeted in the draft, but couldn’t land. BB never asks what a player CAN’T do. He asks what a player CAN do. He realizes that a team is greater than the sum of its parts.

  16. @rideforjesus: What’s all this ‘we’ business?

    I’m fairly certain that you and the other Brady groupies had zero to do with this trade and zero to do with their victories.

    You’re just along for the ride, don’t you forget that.

    Now, get back to riding for Aesop’s Fables.

    Kooooooooook.

    Go RAIDERS

  17. where is Jchitwood, terripet and Arians witty comments? did mom make them clean their rooms

  18. Another guy in the last year of his deal ya say… so he will be a free agent and probably get paid next year… which means an added bonus to the Patriots’ compensatory formula. All for 8 draft spots. Genius!

  19. Cap number for this guy is only $900,00 for 2017. He will be a UFA in 2018.

    Seems like short money. Only logic I can think of for Carolina was that they were going to cut him. It’s a no-brainer for the Pats if they think they can use him (and they usually figure out how to).

  20. Surprised he didn’t have a better season, bet Belichick gets the best out of him though.

  21. Just what the Pats need, a talented young pass rusher while giving up essentially nothing.

    Were other teams in on this? Seems insane to me that 8 spots in the draft is worth a young pass rusher. How do they pull stuff like this off?

    I used to hate them, now it’s just getting hard to not admire them.

  22. Are you sure the Panthers did not trade the compensatory 3rd rounder? If not, this s another boneheaded decision by Gettleman.

  23. A 2nd for a 3rd? That’s the difference between the 64th pick and the 72nd pick. A swap of eight picks down? Like………… free?
    Kony Ealy for free?
    Pats get Kony Ealy, and the Panthers move from 72 to 64? Honest?
    How do they do it? Hypnosis?
    Am I in the twilight zone? They just got Dwayne Allen from the Colts for free yesterday.

  24. pftlol says:
    Mar 10, 2017 4:01 PM
    In before all the Patriot “fans” start claiming how amazing this deal was and that a repeat is guaranteed.

    ———–

    I just came here to say I think this deal is amazing and now it would appear a repeat is guaranteed.

  25. MasMacho says:
    Mar 10, 2017 4:04 PM
    @pftlol
    now all the Patsy fans will be butthurt because someone said something not nice about them. Good thing it’s Friday, because all productivity in the greater Boston area just stopped.
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    Well, time for you to get out of town so the percentage will go up…

  26. To you other old Patriot fans out there, do you remember Ken “Game Day” Sims? Looking at his career, maybe the Pats just got Kony “Really, Really Big Game Day” Ealy.

  27. morr24 says:
    Mar 10, 2017 4:30 PM
    Are you sure the Panthers did not trade the compensatory 3rd rounder? If not, this s another boneheaded decision by Gettleman.
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    Compensatory picks are untradeable.

  28. pftlol says:
    Mar 10, 2017 4:01 PM

    In before all the Patriot “fans” start claiming how amazing this deal was and that a repeat is guaranteed.
    ———————————————
    “Golf Clap” Congratulations, way to set high goals.

  29. straighcashhomey says:
    Mar 10, 2017 4:21 PM
    where is Jchitwood, terripet and Arians witty comments? did mom make them clean their rooms
    =====================

    We know it’s hard to keep up with all the sock puppets but at least 2 of the 3 have already posted.

  30. mullman76 says:
    Mar 10, 2017 4:20 PM

    @rideforjesus: What’s all this ‘we’ business?

    I’m fairly certain that you and the other Brady groupies had zero to do with this trade and zero to do with their victories.

    You’re just along for the ride, don’t you forget that.

    Now, get back to riding for Aesop’s Fables.

    Kooooooooook.

    Go RAIDERS
    ——————————————————-
    Big talk from a guy who’s team hadn’t sniffed the playoffs for 15 years until last year and who haven’t won a SB since, what’s this, SB 18??!!! Come back when you’ve won something this century son.

  31. Not a pats fan, but I do admire the way they acquire players a do business, outside of their cheating of course.

    ———

    Yes, and there is an Easter Bunny too.

    Enjoy looking like a moron, do we?

    How much more evidence is needed at this point to show idiots like you, that there was never any cheating?

    It’s been collusion by some owners and Goodell from DAY 1, in 2006 when Goodell took over.

    Well documented and well supported at this point, and idiots like you still lost.

    LOL!

  32. pftlol says:
    Mar 10, 2017 4:01 PM
    In before all the Patriot “fans” start claiming how amazing this deal was and that a repeat is guaranteed.
    ===================================
    Nobody is saying that and Super Bowls aren’t won in March or on paper. I know I’ll feel better if both Butler and Hightower are on the 2017 roster.

  33. In the Superbowl against the Broncos just 2 years ago while playing just 23 snaps:

    4 – Tackles
    3 – Sacks
    1 – Interception
    1 – Forced Fumble + Fumble Recovery

  34. steelcurtainn says:
    Mar 10, 2017 4:35 PM

    The patriots can sign the pro-bowl team. They’ll never see 6 that belongs to the Steelers.
    ———————–

    I’ll bet the Patriots get 7 before the Steelers do.

  35. imodan: The Tuck Rule started your false dynasty.

    It only took them 12min to find that “rule” and stuff it to the late, great Al Davis.

    I’ll be around imodan, you can be sure of that, son.

    Enjoy your SB, chowd.

    RAIDER NATION

  36. trebla72 says:
    Mar 10, 2017 4:42 PM

    Compensatory picks are untradeable.
    —————
    Compensatory picks can be traded this year for the first time.

  37. Eh, raiders fans still whine about a game from 15 years ago in which an existing rule was correctly applied. But I’m sure that was the only thing that kept you guys from 5 SB rings since then.

  38. MasMacho says:
    Mar 10, 2017 4:04 PM

    @pftlol

    now all the Patsy fans will be butthurt because someone said something not nice about them. Good thing it’s Friday, because all productivity in the greater Boston area just stopped.
    ==================================

    Good thing the Boston area is so rich and productive they don’t need it like your town does.

  39. steelcurtainn says:
    Mar 10, 2017 4:35 PM
    The patriots can sign the pro-bowl team. They’ll never see 6 that belongs to the Steelers.

    **********

    Wanna bet?

  40. When Belichick trades Garappolo, he will get the Browns #12, Browns 2nd-second rounder, and a couple throw ins.
    Belichick will also get an extra pick when Browns move into 1st round and Pats move to top of 2nd round from where Belichick will trade down for more picks.

  41. @pftlol

    now all the Patsy fans will be butthurt because someone said something not nice about them. Good thing it’s Friday, because all productivity in the greater Boston area just stopped.
    ——————

    Remember when the haters had “no superbowls since spygate”, “Brady is old and done”, and “Belichick can’t draft”?

    Now all that’s left is to insult the fan base for, what, being fans?

  42. His Super Bowl stats are against the worst offense to ever play in a Super Bowl. Just saying….. that offesive line made a lot of average players look like all pros.

  43. mullman is NOT a Raider fan. He is nothing more than another butt-hurt fan.
    “Envy and jealousy are incurable diseases!” Robert Kraft

  44. ladiesandedelman says:
    Mar 10, 2017 4:10 PM

    I mean look at there History…they probably will be in the Super Bowl again definitely will be in the AFC Championship.
    __________________________________

    …their…not there…please.

  45. How awesome. Getting trolled by the Oakland Raiders fan base LOL they’ve been relevant for all of eighteen months out of the last fourteen or fifteen years but that’s okay have at it ladies.

  46. atomicwaste says:
    Mar 10, 2017 5:15 PM

    Did the league just collude to load the Patriots’ roster this offseason? Geez…

    ———————————————————-
    No, but 31 teams colluded to take away draft picks and force Brady to miss 25% of the season last year to help give 31 teams a chance to “win” a participation trophy.

    The NFL needs to give the Patriots back their draft picks or else release the PSI information from the 2015 season. The silence is the NFL admitting that the NFL has zero integrity.

  47. Carolina signs the horrible Matt Kalil with an insane 25 million guaranteed….then bring back over the hill Julius Peppers…..what’s going on in Charlotte….Cleveland envy?

  48. When a tackle is made, you most likely won’t see his #. Maybe, a change of scenery will be good for his career, because he’s still really young and has a great size.

  49. nufcedmcgreevey says:
    Mar 10, 2017 5:31 PM

    Move down 8 spots and get a starting D end. Wow!

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    Just has to match or exceed the production of Chris Long.

  50. mullman76 says:
    Mar 10, 2017 4:15 PM

    Patsy fans are still the worst fans in all of sports.

    Too smug to enjoy the SB victory, too stoopid to know when to shut their chowdahead traps.

    Martellus was right, they’re just a bunch of MASS-holes, the whole lot of them.
    —————————————————
    4Q!

  51. mullman76 says:
    Mar 10, 2017 5:02 PM

    imodan: The Tuck Rule started your false dynasty.

    ————————————————————-
    The Tuck Rule was instant karma.

    If you look for a video online titled “THE TUCK RULE – 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY” you can see #21 Eric Allen Raiders cornerback standing on the Patriots sideline as the Patriots are talking about the play the Patriots are going to run.

    In the video Eric Allen is interviewed and he says that he told the Raiders coaches that information. The Raiders then put a defense in to specifically cover the player that Tom Brady was going to pass to. That is why Tom Brady had to tuck the football in the first place.

    So if the Raiders did not steal the Patriots play call with that sleazy tactic, then the tuck rule play never happens and Tom Brady likely completes a pass to win the game. Tom Brady obviously had the skill to do it.

    The Tuck Rule was already a rule in the NFL rule book so the fact that the referees called it according to the rule book was what it was their jobs to do.

    Since some Raiders fans continue to bring up ancient history…

    The tuck rule was also delayed Karma for the Raiders benefiting from a bad “roughing the passer” call in 1976 that cost the Patriots an opportunity to win a Superbowl while handing it to the Raiders. That video is also available. That would be a bad call even by todays QB friendly rules.

  52. mullman76 says:
    Mar 10, 2017 4:15 PM
    Patsy fans are still the worst fans in all of sports.

    Too smug to enjoy the SB victory, too stoopid to know when to shut their chowdahead traps.

    Martellus was right, they’re just a bunch of MASS-holes, the whole lot of them.

    Carry on.

    Go RAIDERS
    ——————–
    You seem like a great guy, maybe you could be our role model?

  53. You can’t win a title in March but if the Patriots manage to somehow keep Butler happy and resign Hightower the only thing that will stop them is poor health.

  54. “jesus, why the hell does anyone trade with this organization?”

    Lolz some people just can’t resist doing a deal with the devil

    🙂

  55. All these losers get on this site lying and talking trash about the Pats and when the Pats fans give it back they just whine some more. You lost, shut up and you won’t have to deal with it. Raider fans talking smack. Wow.

  56. Get the popcorn ready for 153 posts on how great we are, how we have the best fans. Gets sicking after awhile. The Patriots are great, no doubt, but when I see that one troll on here………Rodger Lying Goodell with the smiley faces about how they have the best fans in the NFL, makes me want to puke. All fans of every team in the NFL are great. Doesn’t matter what the record is, we all pull for our team. Patriot fans are no better than Green Bay fans, Bears fans or Bills fans……….period.

  57. Panthers dont know it yet, but BB got another one. Ealy will be motivated going into FA next year. He will serve his purpose for bill. and if he has a good year, he will get paid, and pats get another draft pick.

    All for under a mil and 8 spots in the draft

  58. The drop from pick 64 to pick 72 is worth 30 points according to the old trade value chart.

    This is the equivalent of pick 153, or the 25th pick of round 5.

    So, the Patriots essentially got Kony Ealy for the 153rd pick in the draft.

    Anyone who is praising the Panthers for “acquiring a 2nd round pick” is not thinking.

  59. Yeah, trolls, just “Oh here come the Patriots fans, wrost in sprots, wining ’bout how what a jeanius Belicheat is”.

    Bring it, then spank it some more, I say.

    Truth is, watching BB put a team together is like watching a master chef on one of those shows where the contestants have to put together a gourmet meal out of a meager budget and ingredients.

  60. triptomlin says:
    Mar 10, 2017 6:38 PM
    All these losers get on this site lying and talking trash about the Pats and when the Pats fans give it back they just whine some more. You lost, shut up and you won’t have to deal with it. Raider fans talking smack. Wow.
    =========================

    Raiders fan? It’s just chippy using his silver & black sock puppet, lol

  61. This is another stupid move by a stupid GM named Gettleman who trades away draft picks like they grow on trees. Giving away a third round pick and a former second pick/player to move up 8 spots for a second round pick is so damn stupid its unbelievable. I have said it before and I will say it again. Gettleman needs to be fired.

  62. @factpurveyor: We’ve gone over this…

    It was a late hit and it was a fumble.

    We’re still here and have been the whole time.

    RAIDER NATION

  63. bleedgreen33 says:
    Mar 10, 2017 5:28 PM
    ladiesandedelman says:
    Mar 10, 2017 4:10 PM

    I mean look at there History…they probably will be in the Super Bowl again definitely will be in the AFC Championship.
    __________________________________

    …their…not there…please.
    =========================

    Yes indeed. so many posters struggle with their, there, and they’re…then and than also seems to be beyond many of them. You just have to ignore it.

  64. steelcurtainn says:
    Mar 10, 2017 4:35 PM
    The patriots can sign the pro-bowl team. They’ll never see 6 that belongs to the Steelers.

    ———–

    The Patriots will beat the Steelers like a rented mule next season…..just like they did in the AFCCG…

  65. mullman76 says:
    Mar 10, 2017 4:15 PM
    Patsy fans are still the worst fans in all of sports.

    Too smug to enjoy the SB victory, too stoopid to know when to shut their chowdahead traps.
    —————–
    Says the guy spelling stupid with oo.

  66. This is good pickup for NE they need DL help and they only dropped a couple spots to get it. Surprised they wanted to deal Ealy that badly, I know they signed Peppers but still NE pretty much stole him. Dropping 10-15 spots to pick up an solid DE is a good move imo. Still shocked BB traded away his 1st 2nd this year and signed a high priced FA. Seems like an episode of the twlight zone

  67. Just because it is NE, now K. Ealy is a beast DE…..what film is everyone watching? I have watched every professional snap he played. He is not the top shelf DE every PAT fan or sack rider thinks he is…this is laughable.
    And seriously, the SB game was the EXCEPTION! not to mention it was over 1 year ago. Sober up Boston, Ealy does not equal the lottery. Low risk with moderate return, yes, but you didnt rob the panthers. Anyone who thinks they did is not capable of seeing the forest through the trees.

  68. mullman76 says:
    Mar 10, 2017 4:15 PM
    Patsy fans are still the worst fans in all of sports.

    Too smug to enjoy the SB victory, too stoopid to know when to shut their chowdahead traps.

    Martellus was right, they’re just a bunch of MASS-holes, the whole lot of them.

    Carry on.

    Go RAIDERS
    =====================
    As a Pats fan this post makes me enjoy the SB victory even more.

    Is that the right amount of smugness? 🙂

  69. I like this move. He is an upgrade over Long even if that ends up as a rotational player. If Ealy cashes in next year the Pats are looking at a 3rd or 4th round compensatory pick as well. For moving down 10-15 spots. They still have some more work to do at the DE position so hopefully more is coming either in FA or the draft.

  70. Ealy’s SB50 performance has earned him quite a reputation in the national narrative. But, he was going to be on the roster bubble for the Panthers in August, so moving up 8 spots is better than cutting him for nothing. Will I be surprised if the Patriots are able to coach more consistency out of him? No. But I also won’t be surprised if he ends up getting cut by the Patriots before week 1, or (and this is most likely) Ealy plays out the last year on his rookie deal, the Patriots decide not to spend 2nd contract money on him and he sees how far that SB50 performance can take him in the FA market next March.

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