The Philadelphia Eagles might still be in the market for adding another cornerback in free agency, depending on the uncertain outcome of the rumored Byron Maxwell trade. The Birds already brought in veteran Leodis McKelvin for competition and depth in the secondary. But if the Eagles aren't done looking for defensive backs, they could potentially bring a familiar face back to Philadelphia ... Brandon Boykin.
In an interview with Sports Ilustrated, Boykin said he's willing to return to Philadelphia. As transcribed by Josh Paunil of Birds 24/7:
"I wouldn't be opposed to going back to Philadelphia," Boykin said yesterday. "That's where I was drafted. We'll see what happens as far as the communication with them. Seeing as they got rid of their corner, Byron Maxwell, who I got to know a good amount before I got traded. I don't know what their M.O. is or what they're trying to do, but it wouldn't be something I would rule out for sure."
"I think teams are looking at me to be slot, and possibly play outside as well, but I haven't been given the opportunity [to play outside a lot]. That's really all it comes down to," Boykin said. "You look at my statistics and you look at somebody that plays outside, and they're comparable, if not better. So it's just about getting opportunity and if somebody wants to give me that, that'll be great. But if somebody wants me to come in and play nickel for them and it's the right fit and it's the right amount of money, then I'm all for that as well."
To no surprise, Boykin said he would NOT be interested in reuniting with Chip Kelly in San Francisco. It's no secret that Boykin wasn't the biggest Kelly fan, and vice versa. Kelly traded Boykin to the Steelers last offseason for a conditional mid-round pick. That selection ended up being a fifth round pick because Boykin struggled to get playing time in Pittsburgh until the end of the season. Now with Boykin set to be a free agent, it's possible they could get the pick and the player back.
Boykin was a good player and a fan favorite during his time in Philadelphia. Getting his back would be a welcomed addition to the defense. It remains to be seen if the right opportunity is here for him with regards to money and playing time. Boykin was never really given a chance to play on the outside during the Kelly era. Maybe Doug Pederson's Eagles would give him that opportunity. At the least it's something to keep an eye on as the new league year begins.