8:26pm: The Panthers will have competition for Boykin’s services, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com. Three other teams hope to visit with the corner, Rapoport tweets.
A former fourth-round pick of the Eagles’ in 2012, Boykin played in Philadelphia for three seasons before being shipped to Pittsburgh in 2015. Boykin played in each of the Steelers’ 18 games last season but started just two.
The Panthers, however, had a patchwork secondary functioning opposite breakout sensation Josh Norman. After injuries to Bene Benwikere and Charles Tillman, Carolina had to deploy street free agents Robert McClain and Cortland Finnegan during its NFC title run.
Boykin was a key slot presence for the Eagles, notching a career-best six interceptions primarily from that position in 2013. The 25-year-old Boykin graded as the Steelers’ second-best corner, behind Ross Cockrell — according to Pro Football Focus, which rated the former Georgia corner as its No. 38 player at the position in 2015 –in his 407 snaps during the 2015 regular season and would be an upgrade outside for the Panthers.
Norman received the franchise tag but has not signed his tender and Tillman looms as a UFA and potential retirement candidate.
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