Coming off the heels of losing one of their best and brightest young 2016 standouts Tavon Young to a torn ACL just a week ago, the Baltimore Ravens had a spot to fill out in the slot to join with Maurice Canady and Lardarius Webb. Today, the Ravens signed a veteran cornerback to add to the depth chart after Young's season-ending injury. According to his agent via Twitter, Baltimore signed cornerback Brandon Boykin.
Boykin, formerly with the Chicago Bears, is coming off a lost season after he suffered a torn pectoral muscle in training camp. Boykin, who turns 27 in July, was drafted in the 4th round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. He spent three years in Philadelphia notching seven interceptions and four forced fumbles. Six of those interceptions came in 2013, along with having 42 tackles.
Boykin was traded to the Steelers for the 2015 season, and bounced around to two teams, the Carolina Panthers and Chicago Bears, before the start of the 2016 season and his injury. Carolina cut Boykin and two other players two months after signing him for six rookie tryouts.
The Ravens have confirmed the deal, but the contract has yet to be released. Baltimore needed to add someone to their nickel cornerback situation after the ACL injury to Tavon Young, and Boykin might not be such a bad idea considering Canady was a sixth round pick a year ago, and Webb does have an injury history. The depth on the inside of the secondary took a hit with Young being lost for the season, and only in the month of June is the team feeling the effects of an injury to a key player as they search the bargain bins once again for replacements in a secondary that has been riddled with constant bad luck over the years.