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Jets Claim DE Kony Ealy Off Waivers From Patriots

The New York Jets have claimed DE Kony Ealy off of waivers from the Patriots on Sunday, according to Mike Garafolo.

  • Jane Slater reports that the Cowboys, Cardinals, Giants, Buccaneers, Lions, and Redskins also placed claims for Ealy.

New England waived Ealy Saturday after it became clear that he wasn’t a fit in their defensive scheme. Reports from last week mentioned that the Patriots were actually fielding trade offers for Ealy but no deal surfaced.

The Patriots acquired Ealy and a 2017 third-round pick from the Panthers in exchange for a second-round pick back in March. It is unlikely for a team to release a player in such a brief amount of time after trading away a high-round draft pick.

Ealy, 25, is a former second-round pick of the Panthers back in 2014. He’s currently in the third year of his four-year, $3.546 million contract that included $1.249 million guaranteed and stands to make a base salary of $803,660 for the 2017 season.

In 2016, Ealy appeared in all 16 games for the Panthers and recorded 32 tackles, five sacks, an interception, two forced fumbles and three pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 79 edge rusher out of 109 qualifying players.