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Kony Ealy agrees to contract with Cowboys

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It looks like the Jets are losing backup defensive end Kony Ealy to the Cowboys in free agency.

Ealy was acquired by the Jets off waivers from New England late in the 2017 preseason. The Patriots had acquired him in a trade from Carolina early in 2017. Ealy was originally a second round pick by the Panthers in 2014.

He had 1 sack, 1 interception, and 9 passes defensed for the Jets in 2017.

Would I have taken Ealy back on a cheap, one year deal? Sure. Would I have been excited if the Jets had re-signed him? Not really. Am I devastated to see him leave? No. By the standards of depth pieces, he is fine but nothing special. Ealy’s return or departure was never going to move the needle a whole lot for the Jets. At the end of the day, we are talking about an edge rusher who had a single sack last year and has 15 in four NFL seasons.