CB: Brandon Boykin
OK, when I say a Steeler, I should probably lead with a former Eagle turned one-year Steeler.Brandon Boykin
was under-utilized in Pittsburgh, but his skill set would make him a solid third corner, or secondary outside corner. He has great coverage skills and could be a huge asset if the Bengals loseAdam Jones
, which is possible for one or both. If you take into account his closing speed and ability to make plays on the ball, Boykin is an asset that should be persuaded to come to Cincinnati–especially since he would be coming from Pittsburgh.
Despite an unimpressive to start the season, Boykin finished strong with four pass deflections, an interception, a sack, 18 tackles and a forced fumble–and that was just in his last five games. That was all for the price tag of $1.5 million in the final year of his rookie contract. The Bengals could easily afford that, if not stretching it to $1.75 to $2 million. With Leon Hall all but gone, Boykin would be a solid third corner in the Bengals rotation.
Dre Kirkpatrick and Darqueze Dennard will return next season, but both players have been injury-prone in the past. Boykin, while somewhat injury-prone, would be a solid rotation player and could provide the Bengals depth that they have been lacking in years past.
I think a two to three year contract between $3.25 million to $5 million gets his attention and pulls him away from the Bengals’ arch-enemies.
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