Boykin signed a contract Monday with the Ravens, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Boykin, who most recently played for the Bears, missed the entire 2016 season due to a pectoral injury. Presumably healthy now, the 26-year-old will compete for a reserve spot at cornerback behind projected starters Jimmy Smith and Brandon Carr.
Boykin signed a contract with the Bears on Wednesday. Boykin has become somewhat of an NFL-journeyman, playing last season with the Steelers before being signed and released by the Panthers earlier in the offseason. It seems highly unlikely that Boykin will uproot current starters Tracy Porter and Kyle Fuller, but he could earn a role as main backup and contribute in specific defensive packages.
Boykins has been cut by the Panthers, the Charlotte Observer reports. Boykin joined the Panthers in March following a down year in Pittsburgh that included only 25 tackles and one interception. Although Boykin was initially projected as a someone that could potentially earn Carolina's nickel role, the Panthers drafting James Bradberry, Daryl Worley and Zack Sanchez all through the first five rounds of last month's draft marginalized Boykin. Now, the 25-year-old veteran will hit the open market ahead of OTAs and training camp.
Boykin has signed a one-year deal with the Panthers. Boykin joins the Panthers after posting 25 tackles and one interception for the Steelers last year. At 25 years old, Boykin is at his best as an inside cornerback, which figures to allow promising third-year player Bene Benwikere (leg) to move outside for Carolina this season.
Boykin recorded four tackles (all solo) against the Broncos on Sunday. Boykin totaled 25 tackles (20 solo), including a sack in 2015. He also had an interception, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Boykin experienced a significant decrease in playing time after being traded from Philadelphia during training camp, and it showed in his production. An unrestricted free agent, Boykin will need to see more defensive snaps if he is to have any fantasy value, regardless of which team he is with.