The Carolina Panthers announced Monday morning that they had released cornerback Brandon Boykin less than two months after signing him to a one-year deal as a free agent.
This move certainly would seem to be a surprise for a secondary that is inexperienced to say the least. The Panthers took the franchise tag off Josh Norman and have not brought back Charles Tillman or Cortland Finnegan from last year.
The player with the most NFL experience is now Robert McClain with five years followed by Bene Benwikere who has three. The Panthers also have four cornerbacks who are rookies with James Bradberry, Daryl Worley and Zack Sanchez. They also announced Monday morning they had signed Shaq Richardson, who was invited to the team's rookie minicamp.
The release of Boykin is a strong vote of confidence for this young group of defensive backs and almost guarantees at least one, if not two, cornerbacks will be starting for this team on the outside and now at nickelback.