Philadelphia Eagles could benefit from a potential Panthers fire sale

Brian Burns #53, Carolina Panthers (Photo by Eakin Howard/Getty Images)
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Brian Burns #53, Carolina Panthers (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images) /

. . . Brian Burns, defensive end. 53. player. 87

The last time the Philadelphia Eagles added a former Panthers defender, things worked out.

The Eagles got a nice look at Haason Reddick and Brian Burns in 2021 during a Week 5 visit to Charlotte to battle the Carolina Panthers. As a matter of fact, they liked Reddick so much that they signed him to a three-year, $45 million deal on the first day of the most recent free-agency frenzy.

That decision seems to be working out for them. If they seemingly found a way to reunite Reddick and Brian Burns in the City of Brotherly Love, no one would complain. It’s a long shot in terms of trades, but something tells us that Howie Roseman has already thought about this.

The first three seasons and five games of Burns’ career in Charlotte (53 games total) have produced 154 tackles, 29.5 sacks, 61 additional quarterback hits, and six forced fumbles. The Panthers have exercised his fifth-year option, one that will pay him $16 million in 2023.

That means he’s probably out of Philly’s price range, but there’s a growing theory that he might be trade bait for a Panthers team that’s looking to rebuild.

If that’s the case, he’s worth a look. When Howie Roseman is your G.M., the numbers always have a way of taking care of themselves. Brian Burns would look awesome in an Eagles jersey if Howie can wave his magic wand numbers-wise and if a trade doesn’t rob the Eagles like the Eagles always seem to rob everyone else.