Patriots release Kony Ealy

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Just months after trading for him, the Patriots have had enough of defensive end Kony Ealy.

New England has decided to release Ealy, Mike Garafolo of NFL Media reports.

The decision comes a day after word surfaced that the Patriots were looking into trading Ealy. The team has been disappointed in his development as he transitioned into a new defensive system.

New England acquired Ealy in a trade with Carolina that sent the Panthers the Patriots’ second-round pick in exchange for Ealy and a third-round pick. The 25-year-old Ealy played in all 16 games for the Panthers last season, starting six.

A 2014 second-round draft pick of the Panthers, Ealy had been scheduled to make an $800,000 base salary this season. Now he’ll see what some other team is willing to pay him.

60 responses to “Patriots release Kony Ealy

  1. Traded a 2nd Rd pick for a 3rd Rd pick. The media will somehow figure out a way to flip this as a positive for the Patriots and genius Bilicheat.

  2. So much for the narrative that the Pats always fleece the rest of the league with every move they make.

  3. The Rams need someone to replace an injured former Patriots DE who didn’t live up to his draft position. Sounds like a match to me.

  4. What is sure to follow is a parade of fanboys stabbing Ealy in the back as he rides out of town. Yes, the same fans that six months ago were crowing about what a steal he was……fanboys really only know what Belichek tells them about football and little else…..priceless.

  5. scmems07 says:
    August 26, 2017 at 2:58 pm
    Traded a 2nd Rd pick for a 3rd Rd pick. The media will somehow figure out a way to flip this as a positive for the Patriots and genius Bilicheat.

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    No its true that this is a small a setback where something didnt go as planned. Even Belicheck has them. Its just that the bottom line is that when its said and done he will have a ring while your team watched him win it from their living rooms.

  6. Didn’t like the trade for the simple reason that Ealy is a 43 DE, not sure where he projected in the 34. He has a chance on a team that runs that type of defense. Belichick usually gets it right but he was wrong on this one.

  7. McDermott will have some room for him on the Bills roster… I am sure Buffalo will take a shot at the former Panther.

  8. Nofoolnodrool says:
    August 26, 2017 at 3:26 pm
    What is sure to follow is a parade of fanboys stabbing Ealy in the back as he rides out of town. Yes, the same fans that six months ago were crowing about what a steal he was……fanboys really only know what Belichek tells them about football and little else…..priceless.

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    It was a good try because of his potential and they got him on the cheap (8 slots in the draft and they still go the player they wanted). But he lacked the work ethic to make the leap and those results were showing up in practice. If the guy was willing to work harder Belichick would give him time to learn but the lazy ones go out quick. But now he can be had on the cheap and some team with a weaker minded coach like say the Steelers might pick him up and he will be able to hang on. Not sure if noting how he would be good Steeler material is ‘stabbing him in the back’ but if you are gonna call it that then thats up to you.

  9. The Pats essentially moved down 8 spots in the draft for a guy they probably liked out of college. Same as McClellin and Van Noy and a host of others. Some work out, some don’t. I don’t remember anyone calling it a genius move. Carolina gave him away. So did the Pats. Their roster is good enough and deep enough to be able to do that.

  10. He missed outside containment twice in last night’s game. That I believe would be his main assignment.

    Mental errors…

  11. thirtys37en says:
    August 26, 2017 at 3:17 pm
    It should be pointed out that the Patriots traded down a total of eight spots to acquire Ealy.

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    Its small, I agree. But Belichick makes so few mistakes you have to celebrate what you can.

  12. This says so much about his heart and determination. A very good chance to go back to the SuperBowl and earn millions in a second contract and he said “Nah, I’m good.”

  13. Nofoolnodrool says:
    August 26, 2017 at 3:26 pm
    What is sure to follow is a parade of fanboys stabbing Ealy in the back as he rides out of town. Yes, the same fans that six months ago were crowing about what a steal he was……fanboys really only know what Belichek tells them about football and little else…..priceless.

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    Trying to slam a whole fan base while continually spelling the coach’s name wrong…priceless.

  14. scmems07 says:
    August 26, 2017 at 2:58 pm
    Traded a 2nd Rd pick for a 3rd Rd pick. The media will somehow figure out a way to flip this as a positive for the Patriots and genius Bilicheat.
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    The great positive in this is that a season wasn’t wasted on a dud. Belichick is the top coach and he concluded that Ealy lacks the skills to make it as a Patriot. Personnel errors are made on all 32 teams but a really great coaching staff recognizing them quickly and takes corrective action. The true genius in Belichick is the ability to quickly admit an error and dump the chump. No other coach could do that.

  15. Packers should send the jet to pick this guy up. He’d instantly be their best defender. Doubt Tight Wad Ted has the guts to shell out $800,000 though.

  16. This is a major setback for pats fans. Instead of 19-0 and a SB ring they will probably have to settle for something like 17-2 and a SB ring…..

  17. thirtys37en says:
    August 26, 2017 at 3:17 pm
    It should be pointed out that the Patriots traded down a total of eight spots to acquire Ealy.
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    It’s also worth noting they promptly traded out of that spot as well. Based on the moves he made Belichick was not a big fan of the talent at the front of this draft. The trolls can futilely slam away but the proof is in the pudding…along with their tears of course. The truth is it’s good to be a Pats fan and it sucks to be them, which now that I think about it only makes it better to be a Pats fan. What a happy little self fulfilling circle.

  18. This is exactly why BB is the greatest of all time. He took a gamble of moving back 8 spots to see if this experiment would work but it didn’t, he admitted so by waiving him, and both will move on. Now if only a certain franchise in western PA had the same smarts and foresight, we wouldn’t have all had to witness the glaring slow and steady decline of a certain safety who’s last handful of seasons were a total embarrassment to the point that it was well known to close friends of the Patriot organization that #12 couldn’t wait for the opportunity to spank said safety up and down the field during each encounter. It’s only a shame that the team in western PA won’t be around in January to be eliminated for the fourth straight time during the Patriots’ never ending dynasty.

  19. Now they’re down Ealy, both draft picks and Ninkovich on the edge. Besides what some people who don’t know what they’re talking about say(6), who do they have on the edge besides Flowers? They gotta grab at least 1 guy somewhere.

  20. butler
    won the job….

    and ealy career is over..

    if bb acquires you and then cuts you before preseason ends, your career has come to an end

    well worth moving back 10 spot
    thanks to the greatest gm ever

  21. Didn’t like the trade for the simple reason that Ealy is a 43 DE, not sure where he projected in the 34. He has a chance on a team that runs that type of defense. Belichick usually gets it right but he was wrong on this one.
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    That all sounds nice -until you realize that NE hasn’t operated out of a base 3-4 for years. What is true however, is the fact that Belichick is willing to move so quickly when these moves don’t work out. That’s a good thing, or so says all those rings.

  22. Belicheat can’t evaluate a player to save his life. Look at his draft failures over the years. If it weren’t for cheating and lucking into Brady he’d be scrubbing toilets for a living.

  23. Veterans in Nevada says:

    August 26, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    scmems07 says:
    August 26, 2017 at 2:58 pm
    Traded a 2nd Rd pick for a 3rd Rd pick. The media will somehow figure out a way to flip this as a positive for the Patriots and genius Bilicheat.

    ———————
    No its true that this is a small a setback where something didnt go as planned. Even Belicheck has them. Its just that the bottom line is that when its said and done he will have a ring while your team watched him win it from their living rooms.

    You’re right. Belichek and Co. know when they made a mistake and instead of not admitting it and waste a roster spot *cough*Jets *cough*Hackenberg

  24. Judging from the thumbs up I would say you fanboys got exposed! Also I misspelled the coaches name sorry……Belicheat….right? Fishy fishy flopping on the Dishey……you fanboys need to lighten up. You can dish it, but taking back what you give you become sissies….

  25. scmems07 says:
    August 26, 2017 at 2:58 pm
    Traded a 2nd Rd pick for a 3rd Rd pick. The media will somehow figure out a way to flip this as a positive for the Patriots and genius Bilicheat.
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    Well, I’m not from the media and I am not even a Patriots fan, but “flipping this as a positive” really isn’t that difficult for people who understand football and aren’t obsessed with hatred for them. Here goes:

    -The Patriots are defending Super Bowl champs who are obviously trying to stay at the top. Trading a low second round pick for a high third pick to acquire a proven veteran that can help you right away instead of a rookie you have to develop certainly makes sense in that scenario.

    -The second they realized he wasn’t going to fit, they dumped him. Not like other teams who refuse to cut their losses when they make a bad deal because they are afraid of losing face ( See: Smith, Geno; Hackenburg, Christian; Bortles, Blake; etc.)

    -They cut him early enough to use the roster spot to get a look at someone who might be able to help them.

    See how easy that was?

  26. scmems07 says:
    August 26, 2017 at 2:58 pm
    Traded a 2nd Rd pick for a 3rd Rd pick. The media will somehow figure out a way to flip this as a positive for the Patriots and genius Bilicheat.

    They moved back from late 2nd round to early 3rd round (I think it was like 8 picks) for this deal. It was a low risk tradel with a big upside which didn’t work out. So yeah… Belichick is still a genius.

  27. tylawspick6 says:
    August 26, 2017 at 4:40 pm
    butler
    won the job….

    and ealy career is over..

    if bb acquires you and then cuts you before preseason ends, your career has come to an end

    well worth moving back 10 spot
    thanks to the greatest gm ever

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    His career isn’t over. He’s not that bad, just short of the Patriots level. He would be a good fit on the Steelers.

  28. patriotsarefoolsgold says:
    August 26, 2017 at 5:12 pm
    Belicheat can’t evaluate a player to save his life. Look at his draft failures over the years. If it weren’t for cheating and lucking into Brady he’d be scrubbing toilets for a living.

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    But then what would you do?

  29. patriotsarefoolsgold says:
    August 26, 2017 at 5:12 pm
    Belicheat can’t evaluate a player to save his life. Look at his draft failures over the years. If it weren’t for cheating and lucking into Brady he’d be scrubbing toilets for a living.

    8 38 Rate This

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    yes, the greatest gm ever can’t evaluate players.

    lol!

  30. tedmurph says:
    August 26, 2017 at 4:58 pm
    Butler can rush the passer, but he’s a DT, not an edge guy. See what I mean?

    13 6 Rate This

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    nope..bb moves flowers from de and dt…depends on scheme

    versatility

  31. Veteran players that believe they are entitled & believe that their spot is safe that are outplayed by younger hungrier players just won’t make it on the Patriots….. You have to perform & prove yourself day in & day out……
    STAY THIRSTY MY FRIEND……

  32. Lesson 1 … Coach Belichick only cares what you can do today. So even if the
    team gave up a rather high pick, he just doesn’t care.
    Lesson 2 show up at camp in shape ..do not fail the conditioning test….
    it just doesn’t make a good impression.
    Lesson 3 … know your playbook ..blown assignments are not acceptable with
    teams and coaches who have won multiple Super Bowls
    Lesson 4 .. what you did last year or in a Super Bowl means nothing
    as Pepper Martin quickly learned …this is the NFL ..
    we stop the run…there are no points given to you because
    you were All Big 10 or All Sec …this is the NFL!!!

  33. bnastyone says:
    August 26, 2017 at 7:42 pm
    cant fix lazy unmotivated!

    3 1 Rate This

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    exactly

    people will see his tape and not bother

    if you can’t be motivated to go chase a ring, you are done

    ealy’s career is essentially over

  34. tedmurph says:
    August 26, 2017 at 8:48 pm
    Pick6 is the droolboy of Pats nation. Embarrassing and little FB knowledge

    5 2 Rate This

    Hey thanks Ted. With your creditably matching Tylawspicksix that makes me happy another of your worthless comparisons. You just proved what I was saying…..you can dish it but like a crying girl you can’t take it.

  35. Lolz but wait, according to the whiners anyone, even “high school players” can run and be successful in the Pats “system”

    Guess it really does have more to do with outworking the other guy after all.

  36. I like the way Belichick operates. By now, you’d think everyone would. Kony Ealy is a guy with a lot of potential. Belichick doesn’t have any use for a guy who’s not all in. I mean every play. Every practice. Every film session. Belichick only wants guys who want to win. By that I mean the guys who are willing to put in the work. Not just enough to get by. Enough to help win a trophy. Or five trophies. You either get on board, or the train is leaving without you. Ask Terry Glenn.

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