The Raves didn’t waste any time finding a replacement for the recently injured Tavon Young. On Monday afternoon it was announced that Baltimore had signed two new corner backs, Brandon Boykin and Al-Hajj Shabazz.
Boykin entered the league in 2012 after being drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles. He would end up playing just three seasons there before traveling across Pennsylvania and joining the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2015. During training camp in 2016, Boykin suffered a torn pectoral muscle and was sidelined for the entire season.
The 26-year-old corner has racked up 118 tackles and eight interceptions in his career while proving himself useful in the slot. This is exactly where the Ravens would like to use Boykin after the loss of Tavon Young.
The Shabazz signing was more of a depth move as the young corner was an undrafted free agent in 2015. Since then he has bounced around multiple practice squads. While playing for the Houston Texans and Pittsburgh Steelers, Shabazz also found himself contributing on special teams but has only recorded one career tackle.
In addition to the signing of Boykin and Shabazz, the Ravens also announced that they had released corner back Kyle Arrington. The 30-year-old has had a rough time finding a role in the Ravens secondary since joining the team a few years back. After a tough 2015 campaign, Arrington suffered a concussion during a preseason game against Carolina and spent the entirety of 2016 on injured reserve. His release will create $2.1 million in cap space.