4 free-agent LBs that should be on Luke Kuechly’s radar for 2021

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James Burgess, Carolina Panthers
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James Burgess was extended by the New York Jets this offseason after impressing considerably during his first year with the franchise. However, they only gave him a one-year deal worth $850,000 base salary. And the organization might live to regret this if the player takes his game to another level.

He is one of the more under-the-radar free agents at the position. But Burgess is still someone that could provide the Carolina Panthers with a plug and play starter for the foreseeable future.

After having limited time on the field during his time with the Cleveland Browns. Burgess made the most of his opportunity with the Jets in 2019. This resulted in the undrafted player out of Louisville attaining 80 combined tackles, 51 solo tackles, half a sack, one forced fumble, one interception, and five pass deflections.

Given that the Jets defense was largely disappointing, this sort of production from Burgess was hugely encouraging. The player faces severe competition for his place in 2020 following the arrival of C.J Mosley into the fold. And it would be nothing short of a disaster for the player if he went back into a rotational role.

That being said, Burgess now has some solid film heading into 2021 free agency. The Panthers could possibly get a steal if they decide to go in this particular direction. But the next few months will be crucial for Burgess and his overall prospects of remaining in a prominent position for the Jets.

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