The Philadelphia Eagles have decided to ship Brandon Boykin to the Pittsburgh Steelers in exchange for a conditional fifth round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. Boykin recently made the headlines after accusing Eagles head coach Chip Kelly of being indifferent to some of his players and also alluded to race being a factor in Philadelphia.
Boykin said his former coach is “uncomfortable around grown men of our culture.”
“He can't relate and that makes him uncomfortable,” Boykin said in a text message via CSNPhilly.com. “He likes total control of everything, and he don't like to be uncomfortable. Players excel when you let them naturally be who they are, and in my experience that hasn't been important to him, but you guys have heard this before me.”
Boykin immediately joined the Steelers’ practices after the trade as noted by the team’s official Twitter account.
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) August 3, 2015
Other former Eagles like running back LeSean McCoy and left tackle Tra Thomas have alluded to Kelly being racist. McCoy was traded to the Buffalo Bills in the offseason while Thomas retired.
In Pittsburgh, Boykin is expected to add depth at the cornerback, deemed a weak position for the Steelers.
Boykin, who was a fourth round pick in the 2012 draft or the 123rd overall selection by the Eagles, is in the final year of his contract and was Philadelphia’s best cornerback last season. In 16 games in the regular season, the 25-year-old CB had 43 tackles and an interception.