Raiders Rumors: Ex-Cowboys DE Kony Ealy to Sign Contract with Oakland

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistNovember 5, 2018

Dallas Cowboys defensive end Kony Ealy runs a drill during NFL football training camp, Saturday, July 28, 2018, in Oxnard, Calif. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)
Gus Ruelas/Associated Press

Kony Ealy will get a shot with a fifth NFL franchise, as the defensive end is expected to sign a contract with the Oakland Raiders.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported the news. Ealy's signing comes after the team released veteran Bruce Irvin on Saturday. 

The 26-year-old was released by the Dallas Cowboys during 53-man cuts. He spent the 2017 season with the New York Jets, recording 14 tackles and a sack in 15 games played.

The 2014 second-round pick previously played for the Carolina Panthers and was on the New England Patriots until being cut last August. 

Ealy began Cowboys camp on pace to make the roster. He was part of the second-string defense on their initial depth chart, ahead of names such as Dorance Armstrong and Charles Tapper. But as camp wore on, Ealy began losing his spot on the team, with Armstrong and Randy Gregory establishing themselves as the backups behind Demarcus Lawrence.

The Raiders will be hoping Ealy shows some pass-rushing skills he's yet to display against NFL competition. He has recorded just 15 sacks in four seasons and never had more than five sacks in a campaign.

Odds are they will try to use him as line depth for now, in much the same way the Jets did a year ago. Dallas experimented with putting Ealy on the inside of the line during camp as well, so it's possible Oakland will look to do something similar. 

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