INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 24: Former Missouri defensive lineman Kony Ealy takes part in position drills during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 24, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Once traded for a second rounder, former starter finds new team a day after being cut


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The New England Patriots cut defensive end Kony Ealy on Saturday, but the former second round pick found a new home on Sunday.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the New York Jets claimed Ealy on waivers.

The Patriots' decision to cut Ealy was surprising considering they had just traded for him in March. New England sent a second round pick to the Carolina Panthers in exchange for Ealy and a third round pick in return.

Ealy is only 25, and the Jets need help rushing the passer. He has recorded five sacks in each of the last two seasons, and he had four sacks as a rookie.

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Ealy recorded an interception in the Super Bowl against the Denver Broncos when he was with the Panthers, and the Jets are in desperate need of any talented player.