The Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Detroit Lions, Washington Redskins, and Arizona Cardinals also put in a claim for Ealy, but he went to the Jets since they had waiver priority, per Jane Slater of NFL Network.
While there is hesitation about expecting much from a player who couldn't make another team's roster, it seems talent wasn't necessarily the problem. Mike Reiss of ESPN reported early in August that "something hasn't seemed to click with Ealy and the Patriots."
The end was reportedly working with backups during training camp and was surprisingly put on the trade block by the middle of the preseason, per Tom Pelissero of NFL.com. The Patriots gave up on him soon after, releasing him due to his inability to fit the scheme, per Mike Garafolo of NFL.com.
Although things didn't work out with the Patriots, Ealy has the potential to be an impact player for the Jets.
He played 47 of 48 possible regular-season games for the Panthers after entering the league in 2014, tallying 14 sacks in that stretch. He saved the best performance of his career for Super Bowl 50, finishing with three sacks and an interception in the loss to the Denver Broncos.
If he can replicate that type of effort for his new team, the signing could be a steal.
Considering he is just 25 years old, Ealy still has the chance to have a bright career.