Cowboys finally get Kony Ealy to pair with DeMarcus Lawrence

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The Cowboys had their eye on taking Kony Ealy in the second round of the 2014 draft. Then, DeMarcus Lawrence started falling.

Dallas traded its second- and third-round selections to Washington to move to No. 34 overall, where it selected Lawrence. The Panthers selected Ealy 26 choices later.

The Cowboys put in a waiver claim for Ealy last year when the Patriots let him go, and the Jets claimed him.

Ealy finally joined Lawrence and the Cowboys this offseason, signing a one-year deal with a base salary of $800,000.

“It’s kind of a good thing that I didn’t [get drafted by the Cowboys], obviously now we’re both on the same team,” Ealy said, via Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News. “With him and the other guys, it’s going to be a fun year for us.”

Ealy, 26, missed the on-field work during the offseason as he rehabbed from shoulder surgery. He expects to be ready for training camp.

He returns to the 4-3, which he played in Carolina, after one season with the Jets in the 3-4. Ealy made 14 sacks in three seasons with the Panthers and had one last year in New York.

“The whole scheme, the atmosphere, the players, everything reminds me of Carolina,” Ealy said. “. . . I’m just really blessed to have the opportunity to come here and be in the same system and getting back to what I know best.”

17 responses to “Cowboys finally get Kony Ealy to pair with DeMarcus Lawrence

  1. Here comes the…..”He’s a beast”, great addition, Will and Stephen are such good talent evaluators, etc. From the fans of the most mediocre franchise in sports.

  2. If belichick couldn’t get anything out of him and then the JETS let you go………

  3. Maybe it’s a good thing i didn’t get drafted by the cowboys” ….correct because they would have released you already too

  4. Dude, Ealy sucks really bad. Why do people think because these players pretend it’s 3 or 4 years ago, that somehow it’s pertinent to the last 2 seasons and the present?

    This guy had a chance to play in a SB last year and dogged it in camp, forcing himself to be cut, because all he wanted was sack totals for a new deal.

    He then openly chose to play for the Jets. LOL

    And, now, Jets South, the Cowboys. HInt: Kony Ealy is a born loser.

  5. Kony can ball. He’s back in a familiar system and if he can get back to where he was with respect to health and mindset, he can absolutely make an impact on this defense. And if he does not pan out, this is a minimum risk for the team with potential for big upside.

  6. 700levelvet says:
    June 19, 2018 at 4:15 pm
    How’s Erik Williams making out?

    Super classy, dude. Try and raise your bar a little higher than asinine quips on real and sad situations.

  7. 700 eerrr The Truth LOVE them some Cowboys!
    It is all about system and coaching. System being the KEY word. No one said that he was a beast (but nice to make stuff up like always). But it IS a low risk High Reward situation.
    eagle fans how is Bennett doing so far? LMAO bro’s!

  8. The Truth says:

    If belichick couldn’t get anything out of him and then the JETS let you go………
    Belicheat thought he was such a genius to give up a high draft pick to play him in a 3-4 defense when he is best suited as an end on a 4-3 line. All the Patsie fans are ripping Ealy when they should be ripping their dumb g.m. instead for giving up a 2nd rounder, ain’t that the truth!

  9. “Here comes the…..”He’s a beast”, great addition, Will and Stephen are such good talent evaluators, etc”

    I suppose we could say the same about the “he sucks!” comments…?

    Objectively speaking, Ealy is not a game changing defensive lineman. But he had a good amount of success in Carolina, and was their best edge rusher after the Greg Hardy affair took place. Belichick gave up a 2nd rounder for him, which is why they traded him. That was a trade I totally did not get because Ealy is a 4-3 base defensive end through and through, and though the Pats use some 4-3 fronts in their defense, their scheme is more like a multiple front based in a 3-4 with man to man on the outside. The Jets too run a 3-4 multiple front like that, so Ealy’s fit in either scheme was questionable. The Cowboys run a 4-3 zone Tampa 2 style defense, which is much more like the scheme in Carolina (which is a big reason they tried out Greg Hardy, and to be fair, Hardy’s football production wasn’t terrible in that time and showed that the schemes need similar type skillsets at the DE position, it just wasn’t up to standard especially with his off the field issues).

    I’m not saying that Ealy will turn out to be an All-Pro, but with the uncertainty David Irving seems to be committed to providing suddenly and the issues with Randy Gregory, the Cowboys probably got a good addition to at least compete for the job outside.

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