Panthers sign Brandon Boykin

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Cornerback Brandon Boykin has found his third team in the last eight months.

The Panthers announced that they signed Boykin to a one-year contract today. A 2012 fourth-round pick of the Eagles, Boykin was traded to the Steelers in August. He hit free agency after the season.

“I’ve watched Carolina and you can’t help but see how successful they’ve been in the defensive backfield with their style of play,” Boykin said. “I knew it would be a really good fit for me.”

Boykin should be the starting nickel corner in Carolina, with Josh Norman the No. 1 cornerback as soon as he gets a contract signed, and Bene Benwikerein set to be the other starter outside.

24 responses to “Panthers sign Brandon Boykin

  1. Oh yeah good move by the Panthers. They’ve got a chance to be even better on defense this year than last year. Not a fan but I can usually respect how that team does things. Good luck to Boykin, from a Steelers fan.

  2. Definitely an upgrade over Cortland Finnegan and Robert McClain, and much younger than Charles Tillman. Get Norman under contract and our starting secondary is experienced but also young.

    “Boykin should be the starting nickel corner in Carolina, with Josh Norman the No. 1 cornerback as soon as he gets a contract signed, and Bene Benwikerein set to be the other starter outside.”

    He actually spells his last name Benwikere. 🙂

  3. This could only mean if he plays anywhere were he should that I see the cats franchise or trade Josh Norman next year or let him go if they draft Eli Apple, Artie Burns or Mac Alexander this year. They do draft defense really well and develop. So I don’t see Gettleman giving many long term deals. Think Peppers, Hardy, and now Johnson. All gone and huge cutbacks. They have rebuilt that d line in two drafts with Short, Luteleie, and Ealy.

    If the cats get a solid Boykin with the type of “d” they run Norman better ball again this year cause it could be curtains if he has a down year. Nice add even with Tillman probably calling it a career. Bring in Cro for the league min. Rivera for him playing well with the bolts as the d cor so put him in as a dime DB or as a high safety in their hi low cover 3.

    They can save that money to resign the two interior lineman they don’t want to lose.

  4. pantherpro says:
    Mar 28, 2016 1:55 PM
    Super Bowl fitty one Champs!

    ————-
    How…..are they planning on drafting a new QB who isn’t afraid to recover his own fumbles? If they stick with Cam, they will be lucky to even win the worst division in the NFC.

  5. Couldn’t be happier for this guy.
    He’s on a team that can take him to the ultimate prize.

    #allClass

  6. Third team in the last eight months. Yeah, he’s so solid every team wants a shot at him…..

  7. handsofsteelhartofstone says:
    Mar 28, 2016 3:24 PM

    S.o.b.

    Every real steelers fan.


    Not true. The writing was on the wall last year as Boykin could not work himself into the lineup. There is no room for Boykin with Golson and Grant coming back for their second season, with Gay being resigned and with the high likelihood of another CB draftee in the first 3 rounds this year. He deserved a chance and the Steelers wasted a draft pick on him but Boykin was expendable in Pittsburgh.

  8. Boykin gets a new team to complain to. Next year he’ll be a Dolphin and that’s the end of the road.

  9. nhpats says:
    If they stick with Cam, they will be lucky to even win the worst division in the NFC.
    —–

    Um, you do know that as a division the NFC South tied the AFC East for most regular season wins in the league last season?

    Also, the Panthers have been “lucky” to win the division with Cam for the last three years.

    If you’re gonna post without knowing any facts, maybe you should just stick to Tom Brady excuse threads.

  10. Gettlemagic

    Would’ve liked a 2-year deal Boykin can play.

    J-No, Big Play Bene and Boykin will be solid. Gotta add depth though, look what happened when Bene went down last season. They made it work, but they can upgrade the secondary for sure and are.

  11. handsofsteelhartofstone says:
    Mar 28, 2016 3:24 PM
    S.o.b.

    Every real steelers fan.
    _____
    Didn’t he do quite well once he got in the lineup the last 6 games or so?

    How do I know Boykin is a good player? Because GM Chip Kelly couldn’t wait to get rid of him. Every guy Kelly got rid of should just use that as their lone selling point:

    Player: “My name is _____, and GM Chip Kelly got rid of me.”
    Other GM: “How much money do you want? It’s a deal.”

  12. “Third team in the last eight months. Yeah, he’s so solid every team wants a shot at him…..”

    Nobody wanted Ted Ginn either. Yet somehow, in a quality organization, he shined. Funny how that works, sometimes.

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