CB Brandon Boykin visiting Panthers, brief time with Steelers appears over

Brandon Boykin, one of the top cornerbacks still available in free agency, will meet with the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Monday, another reminder that the Steelers are likely moving on from the four-year veteran after one season in Pittsburgh.

Boykin has a few other teams in the mix but will meet with the Panthers, then assess.

By now you know the story: The Steelers traded a fifth-round pick for Boykin over the summer, then kept him on the bench for most of the season, though he played a key role during the playoff push and generally was on good terms with the franchise.

Adding a cornerback in free agency isn't out of the question for Pittsburgh -- teams reassess their needs as the draft gets closer -- but William Gay was the team's only priority in the defensive backfield this month.

Boykin's time in Pittsburgh should be taken at face value: It was an odd yet ultimately productive union. And it's probably over.

As for Boykin, the Panthers are looking to add one more piece to an already-solid secondary. Kansas City and Atlanta also could be options for the 25-year-old, who intercepted six passes in 2013.

Boykin has played mostly slot corner in his career but can move outside or return kicks.

"Very savvy in that spot [slot]. He has a very good above-the-neck game, relative to the issues of playing inside," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. "I really respect what he did for us and I really think he’s a good player in that area."