New England Patriots Trade With The Carolina Panthers For A Defensive End
The Patriots on Friday afternoon reportedly acquired defensive end Kony Ealy from Carolina, according to Adam Schefter. The Patriots will send their second-round pick to Carolina, while the Panthers will also send their third-round pick to New England.
The 6-foot-4, 274-pound Ealy has played in the NFL for three years, all with Carolina. He recorded four sacks as a rookie and has recorded five sacks in each of the past two seasons. He has missed just one game in his career and the Patriots essentially traded for Kony for 8 spots in the draft.
This is the first move in rebuilding the defensive line for the Patriots with the departure of Chris Long and the likely departure of Jabaal Sheard. Kony who was a part time player in Carolina comes in at a dirt cheap $800k and is a good building block to add to the Patriots line.
It is likely New England will draft one or two players in the draft to help bolster their depth on the defensive line given the depth at the position in this years draft. The team still needs to resign defensive leader Dont’a Hightower who is a free agent, the last report on him was that the team and Hightower were still in contact and it is likely he will look for offers from other teams and then see if the Patriots can match that offer.