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Steelers FA CB Brandon Boykin Inks One-Year Deal with Panthers

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Many Steelers fans wondered all season why the team wasn’t putting cornerback Brandon Boykin on the field more.

They won’t have to worry about it anymore.

Boykin, who was a free agent in March, today officially came to terms on a deal with the NFC Champion Carolina Panthers on a one-year deal.

For some unknown reason, Boykin just never was able to get on the field much for the Steelers after they traded for him last year during camp from the Eagles.

It was almost weekly that people would either write or call into shows asking why Boykin wasn’t used more. They won’t have that issue any more, as he saw the writing on the wall and will be far away from the Steelers in 2016.

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.



  1. DaveB.

    March 29, 2016 at 5:16 am

    Correct me if Im wrong , but dont the Steelers need corners in the worst possible way ? No effort whatsoever was made to resign Boykin , who was a factor when he was allowed to play , which wasnt often . One thing is for certain , if he turns out to be a starter in Carolina and proves to be an asset , then Colbert and Tomlin both are going to look like two of the biggest idiots the NFL has seen in a long time .

  2. DrGeorge

    March 29, 2016 at 11:12 am

    Mr. Loede, isn’t this development an even bigger reason to ask why Boykin didn’t get significant paying time in Pittsburgh? Was he really deficient in some way? Or was he simply under-utilized, like LeGarrette Blount, Will Johnson, Isaac Redman, and several other current and former players?

    As DaveB notes above, our talent deficit at CB is public knowledge. Yet, we let this guy walk away? Why? And if Boykin was deficient, why are the Panthers paying him good money to join the team? Inquiring minds want to know.

    The concern, of course, is that Tomlin isn’t using the talent he has wisely — which makes our moves in free agency and the draft, no matter how good, appear moot. After all, what good is talent if we don’t use it?

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