Free-agent wide receiver Jarrett Boykin will visit the Panthers on Wednesday, a day after he was non-tendered by Green Bay, according to an ESPN.com report.
It will be a homecoming of sorts for Boykin, who played for Butler High before going on to Virginia Tech.
Boykin, 25, had a big year for the Packers in 2013 when Randall Cobb was injured for most of the season. He caught 49 passes for 681 yards and three touchdowns and started eight games.
But Boykin struggled after starting last season as the Packers’ No. 3 receiver, finishing with as many dropped passes (three) as receptions (three for 23 yards). He was supplanted in the lineup by rookie wideout Davante Adams.
Boykin, 6-foot-2 and 216 pounds, was a restricted free agent, but he hit the market when the Packers chose not to tender him.
He could be a low-cost, high-upside signing for the Panthers, who are looking for depth behind Kelvin Benjamin, Jerricho Cotchery and recently reacquired Ted Ginn Jr.
Boykin is not a speed receiver: He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.74 seconds at the 2012 combine. But he has good size, big hands and might benefit from a change of scenery, which would be very familiar to him.
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