Reports today suggest that Chip Kelly's relentless drive to overhaul the Philadelphia Eagles may have found it's latest victim.
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According to Armando Salguero of The Miami Herald, the Eagles are willing to trade away cornerback Brandon Boykin, with the Dolphins named as a potential interested party.
Boykin's form dropped off somewhat in 2014 compared to his impressive first full season as a part of the Eagles D in 2013 but he remains one of the league's most effective slot corners. Allowing him to leave would be another risky move from Philadelphia.
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For Boykin, it appears that one of the main issues leading the Eagles to consider trade offers is the fact that he arrived with the team under the old Andy Reid regime.
Reports throughout this offseason have repeatedly stated that Kelly is committed to retooling the Philly roster will his own players, meaning anyone connected to the old coach has an uncertain future ahead.
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Only recently there was strong speculation that veteran Pro Bowl guard Evan Mathis was being shopped because of this exact reason. Chip Kelly even admitted during last week's NFL owners meeting that he had given permission to Mathis' agent to seek a trade partner.
Mathis remains on the Eagles roster at present but it is unclear how long the same will be able to be said about Bradon Boykin.
A highly developed slot corner, Boykin racked up a team-high six interceptions during the 2013 campaign. With the arrival of Willy Thurmond and Byron Maxwell however it looks like Kelly is once again bringing in his own men to do the job.
Salguero, in the same article, notes that the Miami Dolphins are increasingly interested in acquiring an experienced cornerback for the 2015 season and have identified Boykin as that man.
The Dolphins are almost certain to add to the position before the beginning of the 2015 NFL season. Many assume this will come in the form of a draft pick but there is no certainty that the player Miami's hierarchy have in mind will still be on the board when their turn comes around.
Far more certain is the fact that Chip Kelly is willing to trade away virtually any player than was involved with the team in 2013. Brandon Boykin might just be the latest man to feel the effects of his policy.
What do you think Eagles fans? Is Boykin an acceptable chip to be trade away, and do you still have faith in Chip Kelly's vision? Let us know in the comments section below...
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