June 16, 2024

Panthers Have Reportedly Made A Decision About Brian Burns’ Future

There were very few bright spots during the Carolina Panthers 2-15 showing in the 2023 season.

One of the few was the continued excellence of pass rusher Brian Burns, who posted 8 sacks once again and is further establishing himself as one of the best in the league at his position.

There were very few bright spots during the Carolina Panthers 2-15 showing in the 2023 season.

One of the few was the continued excellence of pass rusher Brian Burns, who posted 8 sacks once again and is further establishing himself as one of the best in the league at his position.

Burns’ future has been up in the air due to Carolina’s uncertain trajectory, but ESPN’s Dan Graziano is reporting that it is a “near certainty” Burns will receive the franchise tag and that the Panthers would love to work out a long-term deal with their star linebacker.

future has been uncertain for the past few years, as he and the team have gone back and forth in contract negotiations, but Dan Morgan is now the GM and fans are hoping he can provide some solutions.

The team has until March 5 to franchise tag Burns, which would lock him into a one-year deal for $22.3 million unless he and the team come to terms on an extension.

It was rumored in recent years that negotiations between the two parties hit an impasse when Burns declined to budge on his desire for $30 million a year, even though the Panthers reportedly were offering up to $27 million.

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - DECEMBER 24: Brian Burns #0 of the Carolina Panthers readies for the play during the second half of the game against the Green Bay Packers at Bank of America Stadium on December 24, 2023 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Such a contract would put Burns among the highest-paid edge rushers in the league such as T.J. Watt and Nick Bosa, so it will be interesting to see where the numbers fall.

The Panthers have very little to build around, and Burns is clearly the crux of this defense.

The last thing a 2-15 team needs is to have to replace it’s best player.

 

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