Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman is catching a lot of criticism for trading such a dynamic defensive player in Kony Ealy for a 2nd-round draft pick that could very well yield nothing in the future.
… and he traded Ealy to not just anybody – The AFC powerhouse and Super Bowl champ New England Patriots just got a bit better, as if they needed to be. The trade definitely helps them to realistically repeat as champs in 2017.
“It’s a heavy draft and it was an opportunity for us to move up. To you guys, eight spots doesn’t seem like much. But to me, it’s gold,” Gettleman said about the deal that shipped Ealy and their 3rd-round pick in exchange for New England’s 2nd-round pick – only 8 spots higher than what they had already, via the Charlotte Observer.
“You’ve got to give up something to get something. You’re not fooling anybody anymore. There’s too much film available. We just wanted to move up and get another second-round pick. I think it gives us more flexibility,” He added.