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Brandon Boykin open to Steelers return

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 18: Brandon Boykin #25 of the Pittsburgh Steelers carries the ball during the 1st half of the  game at Heinz Field on October 18, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Steelers made a trade with the Eagles in August to acquire cornerback Brandon Boykin, which seemed to set him up for a role in the team’s secondary during the 2015 season.

It took a while for that role to materialize. Boykin played sparingly on defense through the first 11 games of the season before finally moving into a more prominent spot in the final weeks of the season. His ascension coincided with better play in the back end for the Steelers and set him up for free agency off some good performances. Despite the early time on the bench, Boykin says he’s open to coming back to Pittsburgh.

“At the end, the organization said they appreciated how I went about it, being a pro, not really talking about it,” Boykin said, via ESPN.com. “I don’t have any hard feelings toward Pittsburgh. Absolutely, under the right circumstances, for sure.”

The Steelers also have cornerbacks William Gay and Antwon Blake headed for the open market and Cortez Allen could be dispatched after playing just one game, leaving the team with some decisions to make about who will return along with Ross Cockrell, 2015 second-round pick Senquez Golson and 2015 fourth-round pick Doran Grant. If Boykin isn’t in their plans, his work in the slot over the years should lead to interest from other clubs.

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  1. paulieorkid says: Feb 16, 2016 10:54 AM

    The Steelers need to keep Boykin. He was LONG overdue to be inserted into the starting line-up, and when he finally got in — he played quite well in most instances, and the defense clearly raised their level of play after he was mixed in with the starters.

    Why they didn’t put him in sooner is still a mystery, particularly considering how disastrous the secondary was playing (especially Blake).

    Sign Boykin. Don’t bust the cap, but make it a priority worthy of his play.

  2. therealtrenches says: Feb 16, 2016 11:08 AM

    Boyk has a nose for the ball.

    You can come back to Philly, kiddo. You made plays while you were here and Chip and Billy Davis are LONG GONE.

  3. bleedgreen says: Feb 16, 2016 11:15 AM

    I agree we’d welcome him back in Philly. The kid can play, but for whatever reason Billy Davis and Chip didn’t like him.

  4. bettis3636 says: Feb 16, 2016 11:18 AM

    Im calling it now… Either Boykin is back or McCain comes back from Mia… either way CORTEZ ALLEN IS GONE!!

  5. steelerben says: Feb 16, 2016 11:18 AM

    Paulieorkid: They waited as long as they did to put him into the lineup because the Steelers defense is a difficult one to grasp. It is the same reason that rookies have a hard time getting major playing time.

  6. doctorrustbelt says: Feb 16, 2016 11:32 AM

    Vontaze Burfict DESTROYED antonio brown.

    Then… antonio brown whined and cried like a little girl.

  7. myeaglescantwin says: Feb 16, 2016 11:32 AM

    Philly needs a slot corner,

    jussssayin

  8. steelcurtainn says: Feb 16, 2016 11:40 AM

    Vontaze Burfict DESTROYED antonio brown.

    Then… antonio brown whined and cried like a little girl.
    ___________________
    This is an article about Brandon Boykin open to coming back to the steelers. The Steelers really are running free in your head.

    I hope to see Boykin back with more playing time. The guy can play.

  9. bobbyhoying says: Feb 16, 2016 11:42 AM

    I believe Chip traded Brandon only because he did not want to play the slot. It makes sense to me he would test the market for teams willing to let him play outside.

  10. crownofthehelmet says: Feb 16, 2016 11:48 AM

    Sign him, but only for cheap. I liked his play at the end of the season, but our LB’s and D-line were much better. If those two units (and Mitchell) continue to progress, we can stand to have average CB’s.

    One last thing – damn you Keenan Lewis! I blame all this on you and your desire to play in your hometown.

  11. citizenstrange says: Feb 16, 2016 11:56 AM

    In their last three playoff games — I know, I know, I’m cherry picking by not going back to over 10 years ago when Small Ben in Big Games actually had 2 decent playoff games — the Steeler offense has averaged 16 points a game.

    Last second fields goals — 14 seconds left in the game against the Bengals and 19 seconds left in the game against the Broncos — pump that average up from 14 points a game.

    The Steelers beat the Bengals by the skin of their teeth. There will be no deep playoff runs much less even sniffing the Super Bowl as long as Small Ben in Big Games and Honest Mike “Twelfth Man” Tomlin are with the Steelers.

    Please be sure to get back to me when I am proven wrong. The clock has been ticking for 5 years now though.

  12. krispyone says: Feb 16, 2016 12:05 PM

    citizenstrange says:
    Feb 16, 2016 11:56 AM
    In their last three playoff games — I know, I know, I’m cherry picking by not going back to over 10 years ago when Small Ben in Big Games actually had 2 decent playoff games — the Steeler offense has averaged 16 points a game.

    Last second fields goals — 14 seconds left in the game against the Bengals and 19 seconds left in the game against the Broncos — pump that average up from 14 points a game.

    The Steelers beat the Bengals by the skin of their teeth. There will be no deep playoff runs much less even sniffing the Super Bowl as long as Small Ben in Big Games and Honest Mike “Twelfth Man” Tomlin are with the Steelers.

    Please be sure to get back to me when I am proven wrong. The clock has been ticking for 5 years now though.

    Seems like the Steelers already won a Super Bowl with Ben and Tomlin, so you have already been proven wrong. But I am sure you are use to that!!

  13. triggerdawg02aolcom says: Feb 16, 2016 12:07 PM

    Vontaze burfict destroyed the bengals season and dr rust bucket whined and cried like a little baby

  14. crtjr says: Feb 16, 2016 12:24 PM

    Hey Trollers: No one cares… comment on the subject… it sounds like Boykin would stay with the Steelers if they made him a starter on the outside and paid him like it which they are not going to do… its possible, but he’d have to prove himself there… with that said, I would love to see him back as well, but there were times when he was beaten badly or missed crucial tackles… we need that cleaned up.

  15. crownofthehelmet says: Feb 16, 2016 12:36 PM

    citizenstrange says: There will be no deep playoff runs much less even sniffing the Super Bowl as long as Small Ben in Big Games and Honest Mike “Twelfth Man” Tomlin are with the Steelers. Please be sure to get back to me when I am proven wrong.
    ——————–
    It’s pretty easy to say, “get back to me when I’m wrong”, when you keep moving the scale. Before this year you were saying how Ben and Tomlin together would never win another playoff game. And now that they’ve done that, it’s that they’ll never have a deep playoff run together.

    I’m sure in a few years it’ll be, “they’ll never win a SB by more then 20 points.”

    We get it citizen, you hate Ben. We get it.

  16. doctorrustbelt says: Feb 16, 2016 1:21 PM

    DESTROYED.

    LOL!!!

  17. clashpoint says: Feb 16, 2016 1:24 PM

    I’d love to see him back, I just don’t see it happening. I think he’s even worth the money, him and Willie Gay would make a very legit set of cornerbacks to start with.

    In this day and age of the pass though, any debate over a 4-3 or a 3-4 defense is moot when you use 5+ defensive backs nowadays often than not. For most teams, even including the Steelers, the nickle is the base defense. Just as running backs have been devalued and are cheaper, cornerbacks are extravalued and more expensive. Pay the man.

    Go Steelers!

  18. excusemewhileiwhipthisoutagain says: Feb 16, 2016 1:24 PM

    The Steelers will be lucky if the can afford Boykin after making him rot behind mediocre “try hard” Tomlin favorite Blake who stunk up the secondary for virtually the entire season.

  19. connfyoozed says: Feb 16, 2016 1:35 PM

    Not only was Boykin solid when he played, he was solid in the locker room by not complaining when he wasn’t playing. He might never be more than a nickel corner, but you will play a lot in today’s NFL as a nickel corner. After Gay, Boykin might be their biggest priority to re-sign of the defensive UFAs.

  20. pgh247 says: Feb 16, 2016 1:56 PM

    The Steelers need to Re-sign Gay and Boykin who are easily the best CB’s on the team. Why Cortez Allen is even being discussed is amazing as there is no reason why he shouldn’t be cut. They should also let Blake leave in free agency but lets face it we all know he will be brought back because for whatever reason the coaches really like him. Golson is hopefully ready to go by next season but then again the Steelers for the most part do not like playing their young players right away. I would also like the Steelers to draft a CB or DB early in this years draft but by the time they pick all the good ones will most likely be gone and let face it again the Steelers never draft at the CB or DB position very high which is why unless they hit a home run in the later rounds their secondary suffers because of it.

  21. whodey420 says: Feb 16, 2016 2:41 PM

    doctorrustbelt is not only an embarrassment to Bengals fans, but just an embarrassment period!

    I’d refer to him as a “troll” but that would be an insult
    to trolls!

    That being said,:/ , the Steelers definitely need to
    improve their secondary. The cap went up by $12 million
    if I remember correctly so that’ll help a lot of teams.

    The Steelers are currently in the bottom 5 as far as cap
    space so they’ll need to clear some space some how.

  22. whodey420 says: Feb 16, 2016 2:57 PM

    Timmons has a “cap hit” of just over $15 million this year,
    $15,131,250 if you want to get “technical.” With all the younger LB’ers in Pittsburgh, I’d go to him for a restructure.
    If he doesn’t accept it, see ya! Sure, they’d have $6,381,250 in “dead money” but a savings of his base salary, which is
    $8,750,000.

    That $8,750,000 savings would be a good start to rebuilding the secondary in Pittsburgh.

  23. paulieorkid says: Feb 16, 2016 4:24 PM

    Timmons will restructure. But for the rare “me guys” like Mike Wallace (who referred to himself as “Young Money” or something like that) — Pittsburgh Steelers embrace the ‘Burgh and the ‘Burgh embraces them.

    Bettis got to Pittsburgh, and he was (as he said) “in heaven.” Ward, Ben, Dermontti, Heath, A.B., etc. all want to stay in Pittsburgh. Players who are forced to leave seek to come back or at least discuss how their desire to return to Pittsburgh (e.g., Porter, Harrison after his stint in Cincy, Kevin Greene, etc.).

    Different story for Bengal Nation though. Like inmates doing time in the state pen, those players count the days until their contract expires and they’re freed of that miserable hell-hole. Everyone wants out of that wretched trash-pit shrine to failure, shame and excuses.

  24. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says: Feb 18, 2016 7:21 AM

    They need Boykin to protect any lead they may create with nothing but field goals. When you only score one TD in the post season, that’s pretty sad.

  25. triggerdawg says: Feb 21, 2016 6:07 PM

    Hey tebow,how many td’s did your team score this offseason?What I thought.

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