FLOWERY BRANCH – Former Georgia cornerback Brandon Boykin, who had some interest from the Atlanta Falcons this offseason, was released by the Carolina Panthers on Monday after signing with them in March.
The Panthers drafted three cornerbacks and after signing six tryout players; they didn’t have any room for Boykin, who’s been a solid nickel back when he’s had the opportunity to play in the NFL.
Boykin, at 5-foot-9 and 183 pounds, had interest from three other teams before signing with the Panthers, who are also in the cornerback market. The Falcons had Leon Hall in for a visit, but have decided to go in another direction after reviewing his medical records.
Boykin had this reaction on Twitter.
Lol NFL does not surprise me anymore.. Business is crazy. On to the next.
— Brandon Boykin (@BrandonBoykin2) May 16, 2016
Boykin, who was a fourth-round pick by Philadelphia in 2012, had seven interceptions in three seasons with the Eagles, including six in his second season. He played mostly on special teams and in backup duty last season with Pittsburgh.
The Falcons plan to move Robert Alford to nickel back and are hoping Jalen Collins can win the right cornerback spot. However, Collins must serve a four-game suspension for violating the league’s performance enhancement drug policy.