It appears as though the fire sale in Carolina is over.
After trading away Christian McCaffrey and Robbie Anderson, the Panthers were expected to continue their purge by making the likes of wide receiver D.J. Moore, defensive tackle Derrick Brown and defensive end Brian Burns available for trade—albeit for a hefty price.
According to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Panthers actually received what can easily be described as a “hefty offer” for Burns, in the form of two first-round picks. They rejected the offer, however.
On top of that, they’re also making it known that neither Burns, nor Moore, Brown of cornerback Jaycee Horn will be going anywhere. And while we’d usually take such statements with a grain of salt (because everyone is always available for the right price), it seems as though the Panthers are serious about their stance after rejecting such a significant offer for the 24-year-old pass-rusher.
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At the moment, the Panthers own two second-round picks, two fourth-round picks, and what should be a very early first-round pick in next year’s draft. They likely feel as though their combination of young talent and draft stock could not only intrigue at top-tier head coaching candidate, but it should also allow for them to compete in the near-future without having to undergo a complete rebuild.
Burns is expected to be a big part of this team’s future. Through his first three seasons, the 16th overall pick from 2019 had 25.5 sacks. And he has another four through the first six games of this season.
As nice as two first-round picks may sound, there’s no guarantee the Panther turn those selections into that type of production.
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