Panthers' linebacker Brian Burns says contract talks 'on hold'

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — As far outdoors linebacker Brian Burns is worried talks in between his agents and the Carolina Panthers about an agreement extension are “on hold.”

“We have not truly remained in talks,” Burns stated Saturday as he got ready for Monday night’s NFC South video game versus the New Orleans Saints. “I told them once the season started I’m all about ball. I can’t give a thousand percent on the field and to my teammates if I’m still worried about contract negotiations.

“I seem like I owe that to them to be one hundred percent, a thousand percent at all times.”

Burns confessed after getting 2 sacks in Sunday’s opener, a 24-10 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, that he thought about a holdout. He didn’t due to the fact that he seems like the Carolina defense can be unique and he’s a huge part of that.

The 16th choice of the 2019 draft never ever has actually fluctuated from wishing to be paid amongst the highest-paid edge rushes in the league. But when settlements ended prior to the opener the sides weren’t close, according to several league sources.

Burns, 25, is playing under the fifth-year choice of his novice offer that pays him $16 million this season. According to a league source, the Panthers want to work out into the season.

Burns didn’t entirely shut the door on listening, however when inquired about his present agreement method, he stated, “We haven’t spoken on any strategy just yet. My main thought is just football.”

Reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year Nick Bosa of the San Francisco 49ers averages $34 million after reaching a five-year, $170 million deal last week that made him the highest paid defensive player in league history.

T.J. Watt of the Pittsburgh Steelers is second among edge rushers with an average of $28 million a year, followed by Joey Bosa ($27 million) of the Los Angeles Chargers, Myles Garrett ($25 million) of the Cleveland Browns and Khalil Mack ($23 million) of the Chargers.

Burns can’t wait to showcase his talents on Monday night to show he should be in that elite company.

“That’s constantly an objective,” Burns stated of his first-ever Monday night video game. “In these prime-time games, everybody’s watching. It’s always a goal to show them what you can do and put the league on notice.

“But I wish to put the league on notification more from a protective perspective than simply myself. I desire them to understand how we are on defense.”

Burns stated the agreement will not be on his mind Monday night.

“I would say it’s in the back, but way, way in the back,” he said. “My main point has actually constantly been to level up my video game and truly control video games. That’s all my focus is on.

Burns and the Carolina defense will lack beginning cornerback Jaycee Horn, who suffered a hamstring injury in the opener. Horn had what coach Frank Reich on Saturday called “a procedure” and was placed in injured reserve that will keep him out at least four weeks.

The prognosis likely is longer.

“I do not understand the specific schedule, however we are positive that we have a possibility to get him back this season and assist us this year,” Reich stated.

Carolina likewise will lack beginning left guard Brady Christensen, who suffered a season-ending triceps muscles injury versus Atlanta. Reich stated his beginning guards will be Cade Mays and Chandler Zavala, however decreased to define which side they would be on.

Zavala, a novice out of North Carolina State, began the opener at best guard in location of Austin Corbett, who started the season on the physically not able to carry out list. But he invested his college profession at left guard, where in 2021 he began beside Ikem Ekwonu, Carolina’s 2022 first-round choice and now beginning left deal with.

Carolina is anticipated to return beginning pass receiver DJ Chark, who missed out on the opener with a hamstring injury. Right deal with Taylor Moton, who suffered a biceps injury in the opener, likewise is anticipated to play.

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