The deal for Ealy cost the Patriots their second round pick, however, they also acquired the Panthers' third round pick with Ealy in the deal.
Ealy, who is listed at 6-foot-4, 273 pounds, is entering the final year of his contract. The 25-year-old's three sacks in the Super Bowl against Denver is tied with Reggie White and Darnell Dockett for the most in one Super Bowl. It isn't much of a change in position, going from the 72nd-overall pick to the 64th. He recorded 32 total tackles, including five sacks, with two forced fumbles and an interception. Ealy is a flawless base end for them, and if he has a decent season on the one year remaining on his deal, he could easily end up factoring into the compensatory pick formula next year, which would greatly swing this move in the Patriots direction. He's due to become an unrestricted free agent in 2018.
He had five sacks in 16 games, including nine starts, during the 2015 regular season, and had five sacks in 16 games, including six starts, in 2016.