Dave Gettleman: Moving up eight spots in Kony Ealy trade is “gold”

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The Panthers traded defensive end Kony Ealy to the Patriots this offseason in a deal that wound up bumping them up eight spots in the draft order as they added a third-round pick to get a second-round pick back from New England.

For some, moving up eight spots in the draft may not seem like a big return for a player drafted in the second round of the 2014 draft. As you’d probably guess from the fact that the Panthers made the trade, their General Manager Dave Gettleman is not in that camp.

“It’s a heavy draft and it was an opportunity for us to move up,” Gettleman said, via the Charlotte Observer. “To you guys, eight spots doesn’t seem like much. But to me it’s gold. … We just wanted to move up and get another second-round pick. I think it gives us more flexibility.”

Ealy seemed like a breakout candidate coming off three sacks, an interception and forced fumble in Super Bowl 50, but the 2016 season didn’t play out that way as Ealy’s production remained inconsistent. He became expendable when the Panthers re-signed several other defensive ends and brought Julius Peppers back, which led to Gettleman taking a chance to improve another position by dispatching Ealy.

Whether that’s likelier with the 64th overall pick than the 72nd is debatable, but Gettleman will quiet any quibbling by hitting big in April.

27 responses to “Dave Gettleman: Moving up eight spots in Kony Ealy trade is “gold”

  1. Fun part comes a year or two down the road when the player the Pats draft is better than whomever the Panthers pickup eight slots ahead.

    Kony plays out of his mind in a contract year and gets a big contract on the free agency market, resulting in a high compensatory draft pick for the Pats. Rinse and repeat.

  2. .
    The trade value chart says the difference between #64 and #72 is 40 pts (270 vs 230). That’s the equivalent of the 5th pick in the 5th round.

    However, Gettleman may have something up his sleeve. With picks #8, #40, and #64, the Panthers have the draft capital to be very aggressive and maneuver into positions to get the guys they want. I’d be surprised if they don’t trade back to accumulate more picks.
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  3. I dont giving up Ealy was worth it. Belichick did his usual trade down but instead of getting a pick he got an good DE. Cant say who won just yet but looks like NE got the better end.

  4. panthers need to draft a qb so they can lure in a competent coach.

    the ron boat and newton travesty is officially played out.

  5. It’s a win-win for the reasons cited above. Gettleman is a quality GM and knows what he’s doing.
    BB gets a DE on the cheap who has good potential and may stay; if nit, compensatory pick.
    Win-win.

  6. I don’t follow the panthers but every time I see Gettleman’s name pop up on one of these articles, he’s either getting fleeced on a deal or speaking utter nonsense.

  7. Lombardi used to tell his Personnel man “Just show me if he’s ever done it, and I’ll get it out of him”.
    I think Belichick operates the same way – he spots the guys who have the talent and let’s them know they have to perform.

  8. Betting on Peppers is a bad idea. I think he is on a farewell tour, not sure he has much left to give.

    But if you can get paid to be a backup and re-live your glory days with the team you started with, more power to you. Just bad news for Panthers as it ties up money and a roster space.

    Good luck Pathers fans.

  9. Time will tell. Let’s all bookmark this article and circle back after Ealy and the 64th Pick in the 2017 Draft’s careers are over.

  10. Gettleman’s a good GM, but he’ll let a player go if he feels his personal values aren’t good for the team. That can be a good thing, that can be a bad thing. When you give away your supposed future starting DE because he had a bad year (along with the rest of the team) after investing a good bit into him just to move a few spots, it’s a bad thing.

    He let him go because he didn’t like him for some reason, not to move in the draft. It seems like it was more about dumping a player than improving the team, and Belichick worked him.

  11. You get the sense that there are a handful of 2nd tier under-the-radar guys around the league that Belichick has been watching for years and will grab the minute he gets the chance based on what he thinks he can do with them.

  12. Gettleman knows what he’s doing. He’s one of the best GMs in the league. He’s kind of stuck with the hot and cold Cam Newton. When Newton plays up to his ability, the team can beat anybody. When Newton plays poorly, anybody can beat the Panthers. I think we’ve seen the best days of Cam Newton, but I hope I’m wrong. I’m sure Gettleman would ship Newton out of town if he could. He’s in a tough spot.

  13. 8 spots higher and you still won’t get a player half as good as Ealy who by no means was a superstar. Plus this GM is so average that the likelihood of a whiff on the pick is high.

  14. tonebones says:
    Mar 25, 2017 6:30 PM
    Gettleman knows what he’s doing. He’s one of the best GMs in the league. He’s kind of stuck with the hot and cold Cam Newton. When Newton plays up to his ability, the team can beat anybody. When Newton plays poorly, anybody can beat the Panthers. I think we’ve seen the best days of Cam Newton, but I hope I’m wrong. I’m sure Gettleman would ship Newton out of town if he could. He’s in a tough spot.

    ———–

    Cam showed his true colors when he refused to even attempt to recover his own fumble in the SB. He lost the locker room with that one play. The Panthers need someone else to step up as the leader of the team.

  15. I’ve got no dog in this fight. Based on their track records most likely Gettleman will get the short end of the stick.

  16. To be fair, would anyone really know who Kony Ealy is without his one game Super Bowl performance? I mean he is a serviceable player, but really has not shown much of anything in 4 seasons, and can walk after next year…

  17. Eight picks doesn’t seem like much, but when packaging picks to move back into the first round it means everything to the team giving up the 1st rounder. Getting two 2nd rounders sounds better than a 2nd and a third, and keeps your fans from forming a lynch mob.

  18. This was the deal they needed to get the pounding restarted. Watch out NFL, Cam is back in Dab City. I predict 19-0, and they win 3 Super Bowls this year.

  19. This is like one of those trades in fantasy football where you know one guy got the shaft but you can’t bring yourself say so because he seems so happy with himself.

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