The Carolina Panthers reached a four year deal with their second-round pick Kony Ealy Thursday afternoon. Taken 60th overall in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Missouri defensive end provides strength to an intimidating defensive line, led by Charles Johnson and Greg Hardy.
During the 2013 campaign, Ealy recorded 43 tackles and nine sacks, and was an anchor on a Tigers defense that finished third in the SEC in total defense. With his sack total, Ealy finished fourth in the conference in total sacks and will look to have an immediate impact on the Panthers’ defensive front.
The signing of Ealy provides insurance for Carolina as the All-Pro Hardy faces misdemeanor charges for assault. Backup defensive end, Frank Alexander will miss the first four games of the 2014 season for “violating the league’s substance abuse policy.” With the signing of Ealy, the Panthers have signed all but two of their draft picks. First-round wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin and third-rounder, offensive guard Trai Turner still remain without a contract.