The Baltimore Brigade acquired wide receiver and kick returner Brandon Thompkins and quarterback Shane Boyd from the Cleveland Gladiators in exchange for future considerations and a claim-order position. Thompkins, the Arena Football League's 2016 Playmaker of the Year and first-team All-Arena wide receiver and kick returner, joins the Brigade in his seventh season of professional play. The Arkansas State alum played briefly in the Canadian Football League with the BC Lions before joining the AFL, where he has spent time with the Spokane Shock, Utah Blaze, Los Angeles KISS, Orlando Predators and Gladiators, amassing 515 receptions, 6,398 receiving yards and 131 touchdowns. The 5-foot-10 wideout also has 13 career rushing touchdowns and 17 career special teams touchdowns. Thompkins has appeared in four games this season, registering 24 receptions, 282 receiving yards and four touchdowns. Boyd is playing in his sixth AFL season and has appeared in one game for the Gladiators this season. The veteran quarterback has 3,718 passing yards and 65 touchdowns in stops with five teams. Boyd played college football for the Kentucky Wildcats, where he appeared in 36 games during four seasons. Boyd has made additional stops in the NFL, where he played briefly for the Indianapolis Colts, Houston Texans, Arizona Cardinals, Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans, and the CFL, playing briefly in 2009 for the Montreal Alouettes.