Former Missouri defensive end Kony Ealy’s tenure with the New England Patriots did not last long, as the former second round pick was released by the reigning Super Bowl Champions on Saturday, per NFL Network reporter Mike Garafolo.
Ealy, drafted by the Carolina Panthers with the 60th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, was traded to the Patriots after three seasons in Charlotte that saw him record 14 sacks and 76 total tackles. He was part of the 2015-16 Panthers defense that No. 6 in the NFL in total defense and helped get the team to the Super Bowl.
According to Garafolo, the Patriots tried to fit Ealy into defensive coordinator Matt Patricia’s scheme, but it was not working out.
Ealy was named First-team All-SEC in 2013 as Missouri won the SEC East in only its second season in the conference. A force for the Tigers, Ealy racked up 14 tackles for a loss and eight sacks while breaking up six passes.
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