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The Steelers lose under-utilized player to Super Bowl contender.

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It appears that the Pittsburgh Steelers' secondary has taken a hit today, as a player that many believed deserved more playing time decided to sign with another team.

The Carolina Panthers have signed free-agent cornerback Brandon Boykin to a one-year contract, the team announced Monday.

Boykin played the first three seasons of his NFL career with the Philadelphia Eagles before joining the Steelers through a trade ahead of the 2015 campaign.

He contributed as an underrated nickel cornerback for the better part of that stretch, and was tasked with covering slot receivers during that time. Boykin recorded 25 tackles, a sack, a forced fumble, and an interception while playing in all 16 games with the Steelers last season.

His playmaking became particularly evident during the 2013 season, where he hauled in six of his eight career interceptions and returned one of them for a touchdown.

Boykin will now have the chance to compete with Bene Benwikere for the team's No.2 corner position opposite Josh Norman.

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