Selected by Dallas Cowboys in second round (42nd overall), of 2005 NFL Draft, April 23, 2005...Signed first contract, July 30, 2005...Placed on injured reserve (knee), Dec. 30, 2005...Signed by San Diego Chargers as unrestricted free agent, March 12, 2009...Signed by Miami Dolphins as unrestricted free agent, July 30, 2011...Terminated by Dolphins, March 13, 2013...Signed by Oakland Raiders as free agent, March 18, 2013.
At a glance
2013: Veteran LB started all 16 games and ranked third on the team with a career-high 105 tackles (83 solo)...Marked fourth-straight season with 16 starts, first with Raiders...Primarily a WLB, saw time at both outside linebacker positions...Recorded 2.5 sacks, one interception, four passes defensed, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery...(9/8) at Ind.: Started season-opener at SAM LB in place of Sio Moore...Credited with seven tackles (two solo) and one pass defensed...Batted away an Andrew Luck pass intended for TE Dwayne Allen over the middle in the third quarter...(9/15) vs. Jac.: Moved back to WILL LB and posted three tackles (two)...(9/23) at Den.: Led team with 10 tackles (nine)...Stripped RB Montee Ball, forcing a fourth-quarter fumble that was recovered by CB Mike Jenkins and set up a Raiders touchdown...(9/29) vs. Was.: Posted seven tackles (five) and recovered a fumble following a strip of Redskins TE Logan Paulsen in the third quarter...Also credited with a pass defensed...(10/6) vs. SD: Put together an outstanding performance against his former team...Set a career high with 18 tackles (13)...Made the initial hit on RB Danny Woodhead on a fourth-and-goal play from the 1-yard line in the second quarter, halting a potential scoring drive and turning the ball over on downs...Recorded a third-quarter sack of QB Philip Rivers, dropping him for a loss of nine yards...Later in the third period, assisted on a tackle of Woodhead that resulted in a fumble, and Charles Woodson’s 25-yard return for a touchdown...(10/13) at KC: Posted seven tackles (four)...(10/27) vs. Pit.: Recorded six tackles (three)...(11/3) vs. Phi.: Tied for the team lead with nine tackles (six)...Had three tackles for loss...Stopped RB LeSean McCoy for a loss twice on Eagles’ opening drive...(11/10) at NYG: Posted five tackles (three), including a hit on RB Andre Brown in the backfield for a 4-yard loss in the fourth quarter...(11/17) at Hou.: Produced an outstanding all-around performance, helping defense seal a 28-23 victory...Had eight tackles (four), one sack, one forced fumble and several key stops on defense...Sacked QB Case Keenum on third-and-9 for a 6-yard loss, forcing a third-quarter punt...Stopped RB Dennis Johnson on third-and-1 in the first quarter, forcing a Texans punt...On decisive defensive series in the fourth quarter, stopped RB Ben Tate for a 1-yard loss to force fourth down and an eventual turnover on downs to seal the victory...(11/24) vs. Ten.: Led team with 11 tackles (seven) and shared a first-quarter sack of QB Ryan Fitzpatrick with LB Nick Roach...Sack came on a third-and-5 play and forced a Tennessee punt...Also credited with a pass defensed on a diving effort in the end zone to prevent a Titans touchdown...(11/28) at Dal.: Posted seven tackles (four)...Stopped RB DeMarco Murray for a 2-yard loss in the first quarter...(12/8) at NYJ: Picked off a Geno Smith pass in the first quarter, making a diving grab to give the Raiders possession on the Jets’ 37-yard line...Also halted RB Bilal Powell for no gain on a fourth-quarter play...Totaled nine tackles (four)...(12/15) vs. KC: Dropped RB Jamaal Charles for a 4-yard loss in the second quarter...Posted six tackles (five)...(12/22) at SD: Credited with 11 tackles (seven)...(12/29) vs. Den.: Posted five tackles (two) before leaving game due to a concussion...Stopped RB Knowshon Moreno for a 5-yard loss in the first quarter and recorded a 2-yard tackle for loss of RB Ronnie Hillman in the third quarter.
2012: Started all 16 games…Finished with 110 total tackles (80 solo), marking the second time in his career that he registered 100 or more tackles in a season…Added 2.5 sacks and a career-high five passes defensed…(09/23) vs. NYJ: Registered nine tackles (five), including a tackle for loss on Miami’s RB Shonn Greene in overtime…Added a pass defensed…(10/14) vs. StL: Notched three tackles (two) and two passes defensed…(10/28) at NYJ: Had one of his best games on defense with six tackles (five), one sack and one pass defensed…Broke up a Mark Sanchez pass in the third quarter to end the Jets drive…Sacked Sanchez for five yards at midfield in the fourth quarter…(12/2) vs. NE: Registered a season-high 11 tackles (nine)…Notched a tackle for loss on Patriots QB Tom Brady in the final minutes of the contest…(12/16) vs. Jac: Had eight tackles (seven) including a first quarter sack on Jacksonville QB Chad Henne for -1 yard.
2011: Started all 16 games…Finished second on the team with 105 tackles, marking the first time in his career that he registered 100 or more tackles in a season…Added 2.5 sacks for a total of 18.5 yards in losses…Joined Yeremiah Bell (107 tackles) and Karlos Dansby (103 tackles) to mark the first time in Dolphins history three players had 100 or more tackles in the same season…Had four games of double figure tackles…(10/30) at NYG: Led the team with 10 tackles (seven solo) and added a pass defensed…(11/6) at KC: Led the defense with 12 tackles (10)… Shared a sack of Chiefs QB Matt Cassel in the second quarter with Cameron Wake to force a punt…Sacked Cassel for a seven-yard loss in the third quarter, making it the fourth multiple-sack game in his career…(11/24) at Dal.: His 12 tackles (11) led the defense, including a tackle for loss against Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray in the fourth quarter of a one-point game…(12/4) vs. Oak.: In his 100th career regular season game, Burnett registered four tackles, including a sack of Raiders QB Carson Palmer in Oakland’s opening drive of the second quarter…Returned a Palmer interception 34 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter, marking the third interception return for a touchdown of his career…(1/1) vs. NYJ: Led the defense with 14 tackles (11).
2010: Started all 16 games at inside linebacker for the Chargers…San Diego led the NFL in total defense and pass defense, while ranking fourth against the run…Finished with 95 tackles (80 solo), along with two forced fumbles, two interceptions…Registered a career-high six sacks, which tied for third on the team…(9/19) vs. Jac.: Recovered a Mike Sims-Walker fumble in the second quarter…Intercepted Jags QB David Garrard in the fourth quarter to end Jacksonville’s chances of scoring in the final minutes…Registered five solo tackles…(10/3) vs. Ari.: Posted a team-high nine tackles…Sacked Cardinals’ QB Max Hall for eight yards and forced Hall to fumble; fumble was recovered by the Chargers, who subsequently scored a touchdown on the next play…Registered eight tackles (seven)…(10/10) at Oak.: Sacked QB Jason Campbell to force a punt in the second quarter…Sacked Campbell later in the same quarter for a loss of four yards…Forced a fumble by Zach Miller in the fourth quarter…(11/28) at Ind.: Helped the Chargers seal a road victory with 10 tackles…Nabbed a 29-yard interception off Colts QB Peyton Manning which he returned for a touchdown…(12/16) vs. SF: Sacked QB Alex Smith on San Francisco’s opening drive of the first quarter…Registered eight solo tackles.
2009: Played 11 games with seven starts for San Diego…Finished with 66 tackles (49 solo), 2.5 sacks and a pass defensed…(9/27) vs. Mia.: Had a season-high 14 tackles…Ended Miami’s first drive with a third-down pass defensed and six yard sack on QB Chad Henne on the next possession…Sacked Henne for a loss of six yards in the third quarter…(11/15) vs. Phi.: Earned a game ball for setting up Chargers’ first touchdown by forcing a three-and-out with a third-down tackle for loss; also helped force a field goal with stops on goal-to-go plays from the one yard line…(11/22) at Den.: Posted season-high 1.5 sacks after he and Eric Weddle combined on a third-down Simms sack in the first quarter, and a solo sack on QB Kyle Orton in the fourth quarter.
2008: Played in all 16 games with two starts for Dallas…Finished with 38 tackles (29 solo), two sacks and three passes defensed…(9/15) vs. Phi.: Registered six solo tackles on defense and special teams…(9/28) vs. Was.: Posted a season-high four special teams tackles...(12/7) at Pit.: Sacked QB Ben Roethlisberger for six yards on the Steelers’ final drive in the fourth quarter to help seal the Cowboys victory…(12/20) vs. Bal.: Registered a sack on QB Joe Flacco on the five yard line to force a field goal in the second quarter.
2007: Played in 16 games with two starts for Dallas…Notched 53 tackles (46 solo), two passes defensed and a forced fumble on the year…(11/11) at NYG: Had a season-high nine tackles along with season-high three special teams tackles.
2006: Played in all 16 games…Finished with 40 tackles (29 solo), a sack, two forced fumbles and an interception…(10/1) at Ten.: Sacked QB Vince Young for two yards in the fourth quarter in a blowout victory over the Titans…(10/15) vs. Hou.: Forced a fumble in the first quarter on a Phillip Buchanon punt return that was recovered by Dallas…(11/12) at Ari.: Registered a forced fumble on Cardinals’ Edgerrin James; recovered by Dallas…(11/19) vs. Ind.: Posted a 39-yard interception return for a touchdown off QB Peyton Manning in win over the previously unbeaten Colts…(1/6) at Sea.: Had a team-high three special teams tackles in Wild Card playoff…
2005: Played in 13 games…Finished with 17 tackles (13 solo) and a sack…Was inactive for the first two weeks of the season after having surgery on left knee…(12/24) at Car.: Recorded season-high three special teams tackles…Placed on injured reserve on De. 29 after tearing right ACL in practice.
COLLEGE: Four-year letterman (2000-04) at Tennessee…Named an All-America and two-time All-SEC …Was a semi-finalist for Butkus and Nagurski Awards as a senior in 2004…Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll member in 2002-03…Tore left ACL in 2002 season opener and spent year as medical redshirt… Named to the SEC and AFCA Good Works teams in 2003…Earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in sports management.
PERSONAL: Attended Dominguez High School in Compton, Calif.…Named as an All-America, all-state and all-conference safety and running back… Led school to state playoffs in 1998 and '99…Burnett and wife, Maia, oversee the Kevin Burnett Foundation, which supports literacy and education and offers educational opportunities for lower-income families and a mentor element for children who have grown up in single-parent homes...His foundation works with children and families in San Diego, Los Angeles and Dallas…An outstanding student and an astute writer, Burnett authored two marriage books for young couples…Younger brother, Kaelin, was signed by the Raiders as an undrafted free agent in 2012.
In case you missed it, learn about the Burnett brothers, Kevin and Kaelin, who get the rare opportunity to play with each other on the same NFL team. This story originally aired on The Raiders Report.