The Dallas Cowboys have officially inked defensive end Kony Ealy to a one-year contract deal in an aspirations of hitting the quarterback and helping out DE DeMarcus Lawrence.
The Cowboys has been very tranquil this offseason, with the only noteworthy addition to the team being wide receiver Allen Hurns, who came over in early free agency from the Jacksonville Jaguars. On Thursday night, the franchise owner and general manager Jerry Jones made another minor news by signing defensive end Kony Ealy on a one-year contract deal.
Ealy has spent time with three teams in his professional National Football League (NFL) career. Ealy was drafted in the first round by the Carolina Panthers in 2014 NFL Draft out of University of Missouri, but the defensive end have failed to make the expected impact to the team.
Last offseason, Ealy was moved to the New England Patriots, but he was released ahead the start of the regular season. The veteran professional American football player was then claimed off waivers by the New York Jets, where he played in 15 games and recorded 11 tackles and a single sack.
In his stint with the Panthers back in 2015, Ealy looked like he was going to break out, when he recorded five sacks in the regular season and another three in Super Bowl 50, a defeat to the Denver Broncos. Ealy even made the last interception of superstar quarterback Peyton Manning’s career in that loss.
However, Ealy was never able to get into a rhythm with the Panthers, concluding the 2016 NFL season with only five more sacks.
The Dallas have long been interested in the defensive end. Ealy was a predraft visitor prior to the 2014 NFL Draft and would have been their best selection in the second-rounder should the team hadn’t traded drafted picks 47 and 78 to move up and land defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence.
With the Dallas Cowboys, Ealy will benefit from playing under defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli, one of the best coaches in the league.