Cowboys sign former Jets DE Kony Ealy

By Nick Shook
Around The NFL writer
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It took more than seven months, but Kony Ealy is a Dallas Cowboy.

The defensive end signed with the Cowboys, the team announced.

Ealy spent the 2017 season with the New York Jets, who claimed him off waivers after the New England Patriots cut him loose in late August. New England had acquired the former second-round pick from the Carolina Panthers in an offseason trade in 2017, but coach Bill Belichick told reporters upon Ealy’s release the pairing just “didn’t work out.”

Ealy recorded 14 tackles, one sack and one interception in his lone season with the Jets. Had New York not placed a claim on the edge rusher, he could have ended up in Dallas, which also placed a claim on him. Given the waiver order at the time, the Jets were awarded Ealy.

Free to determine his next destination, Ealy chose Dallas over a return to Todd Bowles’ team. He’ll join a unit that includes Demarcus LawrenceTyrone CrawfordDavid Irving and 2017 first-round pick Taco Charlton. What was once a serious need for the Cowboys has started to look more like a potential strength, should Charlton improve in Year 2 and Ealy play more like his Carolina form.

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