This is Boykin’s agent, just a few moments ago on Twitter:
— Ken Sarnoff (@KenSarnoff) June 5, 2017
Boykin, 26, played in 64 games from 2012-2015 for Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, before spending 2016 on injured reserve in Chicago following a training camp pectoral injury.
As a slot corner, he was only listed as a starter in seven of those 64 games. He has amassed eight interceptions over his career, six of which came in his superb 2013 season in Philadelphia. He also racked up 17 of his career 35 passes defensed that year, and two of his five career forced fumbles.
Prior to the 2016 season, Pro Football Focus named him one of their top free-agent cornerbacks, after the Steelers elected to let him walk after just one season:
Just a few seasons ago in 2013, Boykin was among our highest-graded cornerbacks in coverage. After being traded to Pittsburgh for a late-round draft pick prior to the start of this season, he hardly saw the field for much of the season. The Steelers finally gave him more playing in Week 13, and he played well. He had one interception, two pass defenses, and allowed a passer rating of 65.0 over the final five weeks of the regular season.
Boykin had also signed with Carolina prior to last season, but they cut him before OTAs, leading to concerns of off-the-field issues. However, PFF were adamant that his on-field production was still there:
Boykin’s play never dropped, but he has struggled to see the field lately. In 2015, the Steelers seemed particularly reluctant to give him significant playing time; he played just 23 snaps before Week 13 of the season, when injuries forced them deep into the bench. From that point onwards, he earned a +4.7 cumulative grade (remember that 0.0 is considered average on PFF’s cumulative scale), did not allow a touchdown, and recorded a pick and two passes defensed. If not for the impressive play of Ross Cockrell over that same time, Boykin would have been Pittsburgh’s best-performing defensive back.
We’ll see if Boykin can come in and resurrect his career in Baltimore, and we’ll let you know more when we hear details on the contract.
Update, per the Ravens:
The Baltimore Ravens signed CB Brandon Boykin and CB Al-Hajj Shabazz and terminated the contract of vested veteran CB Kyle Arrington (failed physical), general manager/executive vice president Ozzie Newsome announced Monday.