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Trade Details: How the Giants landed 2x Pro Bowler Brian Burns


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Giants obtained outside linebacker Brian Burns in a trade with the Panthers, sending them a 2024 second-round draft choice (No. 39) and a 2025 fifth-round selection and agreeing to a swap of fifth rounders this year (the Giants getting No. 166 and sending No. 141 to Carolina).

Burns is one of the NFL's most effective pass rushers. He played his first five seasons for the Carolina Panthers, for whom he had 46.0 sacks and was twice selected to the Pro Bowl (2021-22). He joins a Giants team that finished the 2023 season with 34 sacks, tied for the league's fourth-lowest total. The Panthers, who finished 2-15, had the NFL's fewest sacks with 27. Burns had 8.0 of them.

In 2022, Burns tallied a career-high 12.5 sacks. He's never finished a season with fewer than 7.5, his total as a rookie in 2019.

His 46.0 sacks rank fifth in Panthers history and are tied for the 12th-highest total in the NFL since he entered the league. He ranks third among players in the 2019 draft class, behind San Francisco's Nick Bosa (53.5) and Las Vegas' Maxx Crosby (52.0). Burns has seven career multi-sack games.

Burns, 6-5 and 250 pounds, turns 26 on April 23. He was the 16th overall selection of the 2019 Draft, one spot before the Giants chose defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence. Including quarterback Daniel Jones, who was taken sixth, three of the top 17 players in that draft will now wear Giants blue.

View photos of the newest members of the Giants touring the Quest Diagnostics Training Center for the first time.


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