Panthers cut Brandon Boykin

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In March, the Panthers became Brandon Boykin’s third team in eight months. Now Boykin is looking for his fourth team in 10 months.

The Panthers have released Boykin, a cornerback who has bounced around the NFL from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh to Carolina.

When he signed, Boykin appeared to have a good chance to start as the nickel corner in Carolina. But since then the Panthers have spent a second-round pick, a third-round pick and a fifth-round pick on cornerbacks, and Carolina apparently thinks that youth movement — along with veterans Bene Bernwikere and Robert McClain — will be enough after No. 1 cornerback Josh Norman went to Washington in free agency.

Boykin was an unhappy camper with the Eagles, didn’t do much with the Steelers and has now been sent packing quickly with the Panthers. Although he has a reputation as a talented player who can be a solid contributor, it appears that there’s something about him that makes NFL teams wary. We’ll see which team gives him a chance next.

46 responses to “Panthers cut Brandon Boykin

  1. He’s like that middle of his career, solid NBA player that can really help a team win but is always being traded because no sees him as a core player.

  2. This might be the only guy Chip Kelly doesn’t look dumb for getting rid of.

  3. kid is tiny and slow and will not embrace his role as a starting nickel corner because he believes he can make it on the outside, which he can’t.

    Great nickel guy, sub par outside corner.

  4. Another case of a player overestimating his worth. He could have been a good soldier for the Eagles, gotten a reasonable extension as the nickel, and he’d still be cashing paychecks. Ashame, he was a fan favorite.

  5. He’s a VERY curious dude. His top speed seemed very suspect when he was in Philly.

  6. really surprised by this. thought he could be the next relatively unknown secondary FA to sign with Panthers and make a splash. (i.e. Kurt Coleman, Mike Mitchell)

    Obviously the Panthers liked what they saw at rookie camp.

  7. Maybe Chip Kelly will take in San Fran…oh wait…he was the one that sent him packing.

  8. Gee, maybe it was all the stuff he said about the Eagles after he was cut. Turns out maybe they were right. He was cut because he’s not good enough–simple as that.

  9. Thank you Chip for finding a way to get a 5th rounder for him before he would have been cut.

  10. Correction: Pittsburgh didn’t bother to do much with Boykin for most of the season. Once the team gave him regular snaps late in the season, he was actually quite effective.

  11. You guys are crazy, this guy must have an attitude problem cuz he can make plays on the field, At least as a backup. I hope the eagles resign him on the cheap.

  12. The Dolphins need a N-CB, but at 5’10” he does not fit he scheme. He is a solid player and should get signed. By the way, to the Armchair GM’s that say he is slow… 4.4 speed is pretty good. His press skills are not up to par, but he is an above average cover corner and would be a great Nickel and Backup. He is also decent on Special Teams and ranked 48 out of all CBs. That my friends is top 30%, so he won’t be without a job for long.

  13. Time will prove Chip Kelly made a lot of good decisions. Too bad he’s now making them for San Fran. At least Howie copied his idea of trading up for a QB. If it works I wonder if Howie will thank Chip for his mentoring?

  14. I’m honestly surprised that the Eagles don’t try to sign him. He played well for them, and now that Chip Kelly is gone, he could come back and get a fresh start. As someone else said, there must be more to this situation than meets the eye.

  15. Somethings up. The Steelers corners were not the strongest part of the
    team.

  16. He doesn’t even make it to the 90 man offseason roster for the Titans after being used in limited ‘no other option available’ role with the Steelers & the Eagles. Clearly tallent doesn’t outweigh attitude…does it Boy-kin. Grow up & you’ll likely do well for yourself.

  17. “bobbyhoying says:
    May 16, 2016 11:33 AM

    Time will prove Chip Kelly made a lot of good decisions. Too bad he’s now making them for San Fran. At least Howie copied his idea of trading up for a QB. If it works I wonder if Howie will thank Chip for his mentoring?”
    _____________________________________

    If Chip Kelly ever comes to a sudden stop, they will need a jackhammer to separate you two.

    And no, Chip Kelly isnt anywhere near the first coach to trade up to get a QB, Sparky. When you don’t pioneering something, you don’t have ownership it. I cant wait to see how the SF defense does with that inventive offense that has the lowest time of possession league wide.

  18. definitely confusing, always seemed like a nice guy… Also- remember he was one of the best gunners in the league on special teams, ALWAYS seemed to be the guy on the ball near the goal line when he was with eagles, that shows value in this leage

  19. I know this guy is not a QB, but let’s face it, he has at least as good a chance of winning a postseason game at QB as Andy Dalton. The Bengals should snap this guy up and roll the dice….

  20. Eh…he had 8 picks just 3 seasons ago. He is a good cover guy inside. His ego keeps making his mouth open up and say stupid stuff though.

    I would love to see him back in Philly as the nickel. We need one.

  21. The guy was average at Georgia and could not get on the field last year even with the Steelers awful secondary. What is the attraction?

  22. @truthdispensary says:
    May 16, 2016 12:34 PM

    He doesn’t even make it to the 90 man offseason roster for the Titans after being used in limited ‘no other option available’ role with the Steelers & the Eagles. Clearly tallent doesn’t outweigh attitude…does it Boy-kin. Grow up & you’ll likely do well for yourself.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Unless he was claimed by Titans 10 minutes later, this story is about the PANTHERS cutting him. Maybe you’re thinking about Mettlenberg w/Titans.

  23. Why would Philly re-sign this guy. He left because he wanted to be a 3 down corner. The DC who originally drafted him in Philly just cut him. Don’t need a bigger red flag than that one!

  24. I kind of feel bad for Boykin.

    It doesn’t make sense for a player this talented to be cut this early when he didn’t have such bad attitude problems in Carolina.

    He kind of mouthed his way out of Pittsburgh. Who gives a crap about Chip Kelly making subtractions, especially when his moves were all about him.

    Someone should sign Boykin because his playmaking can’t have disappeared so quickly when Randall Gay was a slot corner to take his snaps away in Pittsburgh.

  25. if the eagles could re-hire trotter after his acrimonious departure, there is no reason not to give this guy a look-see. he was better than most of the guys they ran out there in that spot last season…

  26. There has to be another shoe to drop.

    I know that because of a meaningless end zone dance, lots of folks here think the act of putting a Panthers helmet on makes you the most evil human being that ever walked the Earth. But even haters have to admit the Panthers have a good front office and excellent coaches. The Panthers have run their 3 rookie corners through 2 days of workouts in shorts against a bunch of bott0m-of-the-barrel players in an open tryout. There’s no possible way they figured out enough about the rookies from these workouts that they were able to determine that they don’t need Boykin after all. There has to be something more to it.

  27. Tomlin let him rot on the bench even though their secondary was getting torched, until 1/2 through the season. The secondary massively improved after he started playing. There have been no public or even leaked quotes indicating he’s a locker room cancer. Don’t get what’s going on

  28. Panthers wasted their draft to compensate for the idiotic decision to cut J. Norman. Good luck on repeating as Super Bowl lozas! You won’t get that far.

  29. thenewguy12 says:
    May 16, 2016 9:45 AM
    Guess Chip Kelly isnt the only racist out there, right Brandon?

    He didn’t accuse Kelly of racism. Boykin even said he never said so but accused him of not being able to fit with pros. Hence, the term “culture” was used.

    Maybe you’re being what you think Boykin is.

  30. Really, for all the comments talking about Boykin’s ability (or lack of)…. this has nothing to do with Boykin.

    He never even saw the practice field. Sure they had tape on him but to never see him in practice and cut him? That tells you they A) they weren’t 100% sold on Boykin from the beginning, B) did not plan on drafting 3 cornerbacks, C) they did not reach for those cornerbacks and D) what they saw of those rookies in camp made Boykin expendable.

    Doesn’t help Boykin’s case that this is one less FA to figure in the comp pick scenario for next year.

  31. This a huge game changer. Oh man, I am so hrney to see our team get it’s next first down. i will explode watching us dab. Keep pounding it men!!

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