TRANSACTIONS | Elks sign former NFL DL Kony Ealy

Second round pick in 2014 played 62 games with Panthers, Jets


EDMONTON - The Edmonton Elks announced Wednesday the team has signed former NFL second round draft pick Kony Ealy and added him to the one-game injured list.

The American defensive end, who was selected 60th overall by the Carolina Panthers in the 2014 NFL Draft, spent four seasons in the NFL, totalling 90 tackles, 15 sacks, two interceptions, six forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in 62 games.

Ealy played for the Panthers from 2014 to 2016, and helped Carolina reach Super Bowl 50 where he tied the championship game record with three sacks and became the first player in Super Bowl history to record an interception and multiple sacks.

After being traded to the New England Patriots, Ealy was claimed off waivers by the New York Jets. He played 15 games for the Jets in 2017, registering 14 tackles, one sack and one interception. He also spent time with the Dallas Cowboys and Oakland Raiders in 2018, but did not see any game action.

Ealy appeared in four CFL games last season with the Toronto Argonauts, totalling four defensive tackles and one sack. He was released by the Argos prior to the start of the 2022 season.

The Missouri product played three seasons of NCAA Division I football for the Tigers, and was an All-SEC First Team selection as a junior in 2013 after recording 43 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and one interception. ​ ​

Edmonton returns to action Friday when the Elks host the undefeated Winnipeg Blue Bombers at The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium.



  • Kony Ealy | AMER | DL | 6'4 | 275 LBS | 1991-12-21 | New Madrid, MO | Missouri
Hernan Salas

Hernan Salas

Coordinator, Communications (Media Relations), Edmonton Elks Football Club


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The Edmonton Elks are proud members of the Canadian Football League, playing their home games at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alberta. 

The club has a tradition of excellence with 14 Grey Cup championships (1954-56, 1975, 1978-82, 1987, 1993, 2003, 2005, 2015) and 52 members of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame. Since its founding, the club has been community-owned and remains focused on providing outstanding football memories for Edmonton and all of Northern Alberta.


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