Every NFL player wants to make money but some stars divide opinions. In 2023, Burns wanted the Panthers to pay him but they refused. He contemplated a holdout but in the end, put on his helmet in Week One. He said that football was more important than cold, hard cash.
However, the reality was that he was being pragmatic about the situation. He knew that it was necessary to convince his team or others that he was worth a big deal. Several media sources believed that he was eyeing up a midseason trade so it’s safe to say that he was playing the long game (via WSOC).