Ravens expected to trade WR Miles Boykin, per report

Ravens, Miles Boykin (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
Ravens, Miles Boykin (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) /

The Baltimore Ravens have already made a few moves to clear up additional cap space prior to free agency, and it appears as though one more is on the horizon. This one pertains to wide receiver Miles Boykin.

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported on Thursday that the Ravens are “seeking to deal” Boykin as they’ve reached out to multiple teams about a potential trade. La Canfora insisted that a trade was “likely” to happen.

Releasing or trading Boykin would free up $2.54 million in cap space with little dead cap associated with moving on. A release seemed likely with the Ravens looking to create as much financial flexibility as possible.

But if some team is willing to part ways with an asset for Boykin, then the Ravens might as well take what they can get.

The Ravens are likely moving on from Miles Boykin

A third-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, Boykin was given ample opportunities to shine early in his career. Boykin started 24 of 32 games over his first two years in the league, but never managed to make much of an impact.

The Notre Dame product hauled in just 32 catches for 464 yards over his first 32 games despite receiving plenty of playing time. As such, he quickly found himself plummeting down the depth chart in 2021.

Boykin was a nonfactor this past season as the additions of Rashod Bateman and Sammy Watkins coupled with the rise of Devin Duvernay and James Proche, as well as an untimely injury, meant that Boykin barely saw the field.

He began the year on the injured reserve before returning, only to appear in just eight games. Boykin finished with one catch for six yards on his only target and was almost exclusively relegated to special-teams work.

It’s fair to suggest that some teams might be willing to take a chance on Boykin in the hope that they can unlock his potential. At 6-foot-4, 220 pounds, the Ravens drafted Boykin to be a big-bodied red-zone threat.

He showed flashes of that at times, but he was never consistent enough to make a serious impact. He’s a strong blocker and a solid special-teamer so he still has some value.

That being said, it seems unlikely the Ravens will get anything more than a late-round pick or a swap of late-round picks in return for the 25-year-old wideout.

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Don’t expect Miles Boykin to be on the Ravens’ roster for too much longer.