Hard Knocks clip shows how Joe Schoen fleeced Panthers in Giants-Brian Burns trade

A Joe Schoen masterclass right here.
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The Brian Burns move for the NY Giants is only getting better for Joe Schoen. The third-year Big Blue general manager stole countless headlines when he pulled off the blockbuster trade for the star pass-rusher on the first day of free agency.

As it turns out, the negotiations with the Carolina front office started during Senior Bowl week. With Hard Knocks on the way for the Giants, the team released a clip of Schoen conversing with Carolina GM Dan Morgan and Buffalo's Brandon Beane. Schoen showed interest in Burns, but Morgan apparently wanted at least a first-round pick. As we all know, that never came to fruition for him.

Joe Schoen worked his magic to land Brian Burns on a steal of a deal

Originally, Morgan floated the idea of two first-round picks for Burns to Schoen. That was the initial moment where it was known that Burns would be available in talks. Schoen quickly turned down the idea of two first-rounders, but then Morgan replied with, "Or a one and something."

Schoen said Morgan was heading in the right direction, but said direction ended up being the Giants sending a second-round pick, swapping 2024 fifth-rounders and also including a 2025 fifth-rounder. Come on, this is just magic from Schoen and something we still can't believe.

Shortly after the trade was announced, the news dropped that Big Blue was also giving Burns a five-year extension worth $141 million, making him one of the highest-paid pass-rushers in the game. Once Week 1 gets here, people can't wait to see what Burns and Kayvon Thibodeaux will be able to get done together.

He's expected to be a force from start to finish in 2024, which is only going to make Schoen look even better for what he was able to get done. A lot of people were surprised the Giants landed Burns in such cheap fashion. Even more eyebrows will be raised once everyone sees what Morgan and Carolina originally wanted too.