The Rams made a huge trade offer of two first-round picks for this star player, but it was shot down, per report

The Rams made a huge trade offer of two first-round picks for this star player, but it was shot down, per report

There isn’t a team in the NFL that likes to trade draft picks more than the Los Angeles Rams, and apparently, they tried to trade two big teams away at some point in the last few weeks.

According to Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated, the Rams are making a huge trade offer for Panthers defensive end Brian Burns. The deal would have included at least two first-round picks, but it didn’t happen because Carolina reportedly rejected the offer.

Not only did the Rams offer their 2024 and 2025 first-round picks, but apparently, they were willing to pay even more than that.

“The Rams made a huge offer, I’m talking more than two first-round picks for Burns,” Briere said during an interview with ESPN 1000 in Chicago on Tuesday.

It appears the Rams made the offer at some point in the past few weeks. Back on Oct. 23, it was reported that the Panthers had rejected a monster offer for Burns, but at the time it wasn’t known which NFL team made the offer.

The Rams hoped to pair Burns with All-Pro defensive tackle Aaron Donald to create what would be one of the best defensive fronts in the NFL. Burns, who was the 16th overall pick in the 2019 draft, has been nearly unblockable through his first three-plus seasons in the NFL. Not only did he have nine sacks in each of the last two seasons, but he also racked up 7.5 sacks as a rookie. A Pro Bowler last year, CBS Sports named him one of the 25 best players under the age of 25 this season.

Last season, the Rams made one of the biggest splashes of the NFL deadline when they acquired Von Miller from the Broncos. Miller ended up being a key defensive piece that helped propel the Rams to a Super Bowl victory. However, Miller left in free agency after the 2021 season and his pass rushing ability is sorely missed, which is a big reason why the Rams were likely willing to pay so much to get Burns.

The Rams have totaled just 15 sacks this season, which ranks in the bottom half of the NFL through eight weeks.

If the Rams had traded for Burns, they would have continued an unprecedented streak of dealing first-round picks. The team hasn’t had a first-round pick since 2016, when they selected Jared Goff.

Here’s a look at what the Rams have done with their first-round picks since 2017:

2017: I gave this option to the Goff deal.
2018: Traded this pick to get Brandin Cooks from New England.
2019: We traded this pick in a draft day trade with the Falcons.
2020: Traded this pick to land Jalen Ramsey from the Jaguars.
2021: Traded this pick to land Jalen Ramsey from the Jaguars.
2022: Traded this pick to land Matthew Stafford from the Lions.
2023: Traded this pick to land Matthew Stafford from the Lions.

Sean McVay has been the head coach of the Rams since 2017 and has NEVER had a first round pick in his time with the team. Still, the Rams’ strategy of trading away high picks for star players is clearly paying off, with the team reaching two Super Bowls and winning one in the past four seasons.

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