Patriots just received Carolina Panthers defensive end Kony Ealy along with a third-round pick, and will get New England’s second-round pick in return. Once Carolina pulled the trigger on having Julius Peppers, Charles Johnson and Mario Addison 2016’s leading sacker back the league was on the watch for Ealy.
He was drafted by the Panthers in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He played college football at Missouri. In 2016, Ealy played all 16 games; however, he only started six. He recorded 32 tackles, 5 sacks, and one interception.
He is known for his unreal Super Bowl 50 performance in 2015. During Super Bowl 50 against the Denver Broncos, Ealy tied the Super Bowl record and set the Panthers’ postseason record with 3 sacks, accomplishing this in only 23 total snaps. He also recorded an interception and forced fumble in the game. The Panthers would lose the Super Bowl 24-10. Ealy became the first player in Super Bowl history to have an interception and multiple sacks. He was also the first since 1993 to record multiple sacks, an interception and a forced fumble in a postseason game. He tied both Reggie White and Darnell Dockett for the most sacks in Super Bowl (3.)