The Giants have acquired Panthers standout Brian Burns in a trade and provided him with a significant contract, according to reports.

Brian Burn from the Carolina Panthers was introduced before a game against the Minnesota Vikings at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The Giants have acquired Panthers standout Brian Burns in a trade and provided him with a significant contract, according to reports.

Brian Burn from the Carolina Panthers was introduced before a game against the Minnesota Vikings at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Brian Burns from the Carolina Panthers was introduced before a game against the Minnesota Vikings at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.

 

During the opening day of NFL free agency, the New York Giants have significantly bolstered their roster through a trade, bringing in celebrated pass rusher Brian Burns from the Carolina Panthers. The transaction sees the Giants sending a second-round pick (39th overall) and a fifth-round pick (141st) in the upcoming draft to the Panthers, as reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Mike Grateful.

The Giants have further committed to Burns by signing him to an extensive five-year contract valued at a maximum of $150 million, which includes $87.5 million guaranteed. This agreement positions Burns as the fourth highest-paid defensive player in the NFL, trailing only behind the San Francisco 49ers’ Nick Bosa, the Kansas City Chiefs’ Chris Jones, and the Los Angeles Rams’ Aaron Donald in terms of annual average value, based on Sports salary data.

The Giants have acquired Panthers standout Brian Burns in a trade and provided him with a significant contract, according to reports.

 

Brian Burn from the Carolina Panthers was introduced before a game against the Minnesota Vikings at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Brian Burn from the Carolina Panthers was introduced before a game against the Minnesota Vikings at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.

At nearly 26 years old, Burns comes off a successful five-year stint with the Panthers, the team that drafted him 16th overall in 2019. Despite Carolina applying a $24 million franchise tag on him just last week, Burns has consistently proved his worth on the field. As a two-time Pro Bowler, he boasts an impressive career record of 46 sacks, eight forced fumbles, 59 tackles for loss, 246 total tackles, and 95 quarterback hits across 67 starts and 80 game appearances. His 2022 season was particularly standout, marking career highs with 12.5 sacks, 17 tackles for loss, 63 total tackles, and 22 quarterback hits.

Notably, Burns has demonstrated remarkable durability throughout his career, never missing more than one game in any season. In the last season alone, he tallied eight sacks, 16 tackles for loss, 50 total tackles, and 18 quarterback hits over 16 games. His addition to the Giants’ defense, which already features talents like Dexter Lawrence and Kayvon Thibodeaux, is expected to make it one of the most formidable in the league.

Aside from securing Burns, the Giants have been active in free agency, acquiring offensive guard Jon Runyan with a three-year deal worth up to $30 million and running back Devin Singletary on a three-year contract valued at up to $19.5 million. These acquisitions aim to strengthen the team further.

Brian Burn from the Carolina Panthers was introduced before a game against the Minnesota Vikings at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Brian Burn from the Carolina Panthers was introduced before a game against the Minnesota Vikings at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.

 

 

However, the Giants have also seen key departures, with running back Saquon Barkley and safety Xavier McKinney leaving for the Philadelphia Eagles and Green Bay Packers, respectively. These moves are part of the team’s broader strategy to reshape its roster and enhance its competitiveness for the upcoming season.

 

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