The Carolina Panthers seem to be in rebuilding mode, but that did not stop them from turning down a massive trade offer for Brian Burns.
Meanwhile, the struggling Los Angeles Rams would like nothing more than return to the Super Bowl and successfully defend last season’s title.
So they went all-in and offered the Panthers two first-round picks and one second-round pick for the rights to acquire Burns.
The Rams offered two first-round picks for Brian Burns, per @AlbertBreer
The Panthers turned it down 😳 pic.twitter.com/KAed0KQsB3
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The specifics included a first-rounder in 2024 and 2025 plus a 2023 second-rounder, but the Panthers ultimately decided to keep Burns.
As the NFL’s trade deadline approached, Burns became a hot trade topic given the Panthers’ trying 2022 season.
And when you look at his statistics, it is easy to see why.
Through his first eight games in 2022, Burns has five sacks, nine quarterback hits, and eight tackles behind the line.
Brian Burns’ Value Could Rise
The 24-year-old also earned his first trip to the Pro Bowl in 2021, and he seems well on his way to receiving more honors from the NFL this season.
While the Panthers did not move Burns at the trade deadline, they could always seek to trade him when the 2023 league year begins.
If Burns continues to produce well, his trade value will only rise, and that could pay dividends down the road for what will likely be a rebuilding Carolina Panthers team.
However, it would also be a risk, as an unforeseen injury to Burns or a lack of production could easily see his value decrease.
And if that is the case, then the Panthers could be kicking themselves for having turned down a remarkable offer from the Rams.
Especially a Rams team that has been struggling in the W column.