The Pittsburgh Steelers have watched another free agent leave the team for greener pastures, but this wasn't just another player. This was Brandon Boykin leaving for the Carolina Panthers, thus ending the Boykin saga in the Steel City.
Boykin's time in Pittsburgh was certainly memorable, but for the veteran cornerback most likely not in a positive way. After essentially being benched for the likes of Antwon Blake and Ross Cockrell to play more than him, Boykin became a free agent at the end of 2016, and turned his freedom into a nifty one-year contract with the Panthers.
Another free agent gone, and another one-year contract. When a player leaves Pittsburgh and signs a one-year deal with another organization, it likely means the Steelers were behind them leaving, or else they could have tried to match just a one-year contract.
Nonetheless, Boykin now joins Josh Norman and the NFC Champion Panthers as they try to rebound from the Super Bowl 50 loss and make it back to the big game in 2016.
It should be noted Boykin did show Steelers fans some love via Twitter later in the day, as well as fans of the Philadelphia Eagles. Boykin is a classy individual who handled a very tumultuous time in his career better than most would have. We wish him well in Carolina next season.
Pittsburgh Fans thank you for all the love & wishes. Philly also I see you. Entire state will always have a special place in my life. #Love— Brandon Boykin (@BrandonBoykin2) March 28, 2016