By Reid McEvoy
The New York Jets have claimed defensive end Kony Ealy off waivers from the division rival New England Patriots. Though there isn’t much space on the defensive line, bringing in such a talented player is always a good thing, and he might have been claimed in order to make a highly-rumored Sheldon Richardson trade possible.
Ealy spent the majority of his career with the Carolina Panthers, and was a key player in their 15-1 season and Super Bowl run. But after the Panthers’ horrible plummet from 15-1 to 6-10, he was traded to the Patriots along with a third round pick for the Patriots’ second round pick. But about five months later, the Patriots waived him, and the Jets being high on the waiver wire, pounced on the opportunity to claim him.
Ealy, 25, still has a year on his rookie contract, meaning, if the Jets want, at the end of the year, he will have an option to continue wearing green for another season.
In other Jets news, Bryce Petty’s injury was a minor MCL sprain, and though not advised, he could possibly play next week against the Eagles.
The Jets’ transactions over the past few months are sending very mixed feelings. Some moves, like the releases of Eric Decker, Brandon Marshall and Nick Mangold, would suggest the Jets are aiming for the No. 1 pick. But moves like this suggest they are trying to win. So though this season is already a weird one, this transaction could definitely contribute to a season that could shock some people.