The Carolina Panthers wasted no time making some major changes to the franchise this season. Head coach Matt Rhule has already been fired and they have already been active on the trade market as well. Brian Burns is a name that has been talked about a lot, and both the Philadelphia Eagles and Los Angeles Rams appear to be interested.
Wide receiver Robbie Anderson was traded hours after TV cameras caught him and his wide receiver coach getting into it verbally. It happened again and interim head coach Steve Wilks sent Anderson to the locker room.
The following week, former All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey was traded to the San Francisco 49ers. That gives the Panthers five future draft picks that they have already acquired this season; could they be in the market for more?
Carolina has informed teams that they are probably done making trades and would like to keep a few of their core, fundamental pieces. Wide receiver D.J. Moore and pass rusher Brian Burns would fall into that category.
Both have received plenty of interest, and while the Panthers may not shop either player, a price tag has been placed on Burns. The franchise is reportedly looking to receive two first-round picks in exchange for the 2019 first-round pick.
While that is a steep price, there could be teams willing to meet it or negotiate a price close to it. Three teams to keep an eye on are the Philadelphia Eagles, Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City Chiefs.
Out of the three, the Eagles would be the likeliest to reach that asking price. They have an extra first-round pick courtesy of the New Orleans Saints in addition to their own. The Chiefs have all of their selections as well. The Rams would be hard-pressed to meet that asking price as their 2023 first-round pick is already with the Detroit Lions from the Matthew Stafford trade.
Burns has been excellent since entering the NFL, picking up 7.5 sacks as a rookie before putting together back-to-back nine-sack seasons. He made his first Pro Bowl last season when he added 50 total tackles with 13 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles. He would upgrade any defense should he end up on the move before the November 1st trade deadline.