Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald had an interesting note in one of his recent columns regarding Eagles cornerback Brandon Boykin. This note follows a trade rumor from late last week that the Miami Dolphins are interested in an (unnamed) Eagles defensive back. Here's what Salguero had to say:
"The Eagles, who one source tells me are willing to trade just about anybody for the right compensation, are said to be willing to trade cornerback Brandon Boykin. I cannot independently confirm Boykin is on the market, but other "reports" say he is.
Boykin has been a more than functional nickel cornerback for the Eagles since being drafted in 2012 but he was picked by former coach Andy Reid. Current coach Chip Kelly inherited him. And no player Kelly inherited should feel comfortable about their long-term status in Philly.
So Boykin's on the radar as a possibility."
It doesn't seem to me that Salguero is actually reporting anything new about Boykin. My understanding is that he's merely referring to the "report" from Omar Kelly last week.
It's also not a surprise to hear that every Eagles player in on the market. Chip Kelly literally said as much in a press conference earlier this offseason.
Elsewhere, Salguero explicitly notes that Miami draft bust and former Oregon Ducks edge rusher Dion Jordan is unlikely to be traded. So don't expect Philadelphia to pick him up.
As for Boykin, he very well may be traded. He's scheduled to enter the last year of his rookie deal. Chip Kelly said that Boykin will have a chance to compete for an outside job in 2015 but it's hard to believe until it actually happens. If Boykin isn't in the team's long-term plans, Philadelphia might decide to trade their nickel corner.
It's something to continue to keep an eye on moving forward.