We knew receiver Jarrett Boykin wouldn’t be back with the Green Bay Packers. We knew that when the Packers decided not to tender him a restricted free agent contract offer, making him an unrestricted free agent.
Actually, we probably knew before that.
Today, Boykin officially ended his tenure in Green Bay by signing a one-year deal with the Carolina Panthers, his hometown team.
Boykin spent three years with the Packers after going undrafted and signing as a street free agent in 2012. He caught five balls for 27 yards as a rookie and then broke out in 2013, with 49 catches for 681 yards.
Then it all began to unravel.
Boykin went into the 2014 season as the Packers’ No. 3 receiver after the organization let James Jones walk in free agency.
He was injured in October and missed three games, but he was disappointingly unproductive before the injury and an afterthought after. By the time he was healthy again, Davante Adams had taken his job and Boykin finished the season with just three catches for 23 yards.
It’s almost like you’d have to try to be unproductive to be that unproductive in Green Bay’s offense, but Jarrett Boykin somehow managed to accomplish that.
Now Boykin gets a fresh start, which hopefully for him, is just what he needs.