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Cowboys Visiting With Free Agent DE Kony Ealy

The have had their eye on since the 2014 . They may finally get a chance to have him on the roster, as they are reportedly meeting with the this week.

Back in 2014, the Cowboys traded up in the to take with the 34th overall pick. They obviously don't regret that decision now, after Lawrence's breakout season last year.

At that time, Stephen Jones said that the team was targeting Kony Ealy with their original second-round pick (47th overall). He ended up falling to the bottom of the round — 60th overall — to the , but Ealy was never consistent for the Panthers.

He only had 4-5 in each of his three regular seasons there. There were high hopes after a monster three-sack performance in 50, but his play the following year did not live up.

Ealy was traded to the in the 2017 but was waived near the end of .

Clearly, the Cowboys hadn't forgotten him.

Kony's one year with the Jets was far from spectacular, having just one sack in 15 games, but he was asked to transition to their 3-4 and joining the team in late August made that difficult. Now Ealy is a free agent and meeting with Dallas, who employ the 4-3 scheme he prefers and have needs on the DE .

was released last month and there's no telling if guys like or Randy Gregory can contribute. That leaves just DeMarcus Lawrence, , , and on the current roster.

The entire brain trust that liked Ealy in 2014 is still here, including and D-Line guru . If he thought there was something to Kony then, he may still believe he can get something out of the 26 year old that other teams couldn't.

If nothing else, Ealy would bring some experience and solid depth to the Cowboys' reserves. Assuming the contract is minimal, it could be a nice pick up.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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Randy Martin

I thought Ealy was a nice player at Carolina and when he was a free agent I wanted Dallas to go after him. I don’t hold his play as a Jet against him….just not a scheme fit. Pretty sure Dallas can sign him for a relatively low price so I would be on board with it just to let him come in and compete. Pretty sure we will Target some d-linemen in the draft so this line could be much different, and much better this season.


Clearly Lawrence turned out the better pick. If Ealy fell to #60, he probably does not have the coveted RDE first step. We don’t need another LDE if that’s his skill set.

All I want for camp is a fast WR… ;^)

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