Captain Munnerlyn will return to Carolina

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Homecoming week continues for the Panthers as they’ve signed cornerback Captain Munnerlyn.

ESPN reported that Munnerlyn, who played his first five seasons with the Panthers, will sign a four-year deal. Munnerlyn played the last three seasons with the Vikings.

The Panthers earlier Friday signed defensive end Julius Peppers, bringing Peppers back after he’d played with the Packers.

Munnerlyn, who turns 29 next month, went from seventh-round pick in 2009 to starter with the Panthers before he signed in Minnesota. He had four interceptions in his three seasons with the Vikings and started nine games last season.

Munnerlyn has 11 career interceptions and has started 80 of 124 career games.

24 responses to “Captain Munnerlyn will return to Carolina

  1. So Vikings west has been established in Seattle for several years. Now we are seeing the birth of Vikings south.

  2. We’re starting to do the ‘letting them go’ before they’re useless thing. Interesting. I would’ve liked to have him back for a year or two, but it is what it is. Good luck in your future endeavors Mr. Munnerlyn.

  3. I really liked having Captain here in Minnesota. Seemed to bring a solid set of skills and veteran presence. Sad to lose him, but I wish him well as he goes back to Carolina.

  4. Would have liked seeing him back to keep that secondary unit together but oh well. I kind of like sherels there. He always continues to amaze me so maybe he will at nickel too.

  5. When he finally bought into Zimmer’s scheme he was one of the best nickels in the game. He played injured last year and was still solid. Now Vikes need to find a solid nickel. I think Alexander is more of a press outside corner. Zimmer will figure it out, but tough loss for Vikes. Good luck Captain, you’re a class act.

  6. Awesome, vikings being vikings – add in one area of need, hemorrhage somewhere else. Hope there is a great 3rd or 4th rd corner that can start right away, bc S.A.S. has not happened with Alexander or Waynes (latter waste of pick).

  7. Current cap space for Vikings with signing of Reiff ($8.5m) and Remmer ($5.1m) cap leaves the Vikes with $26,960,000 in cap space. Of their free agent that have not signed elsewhere (Patterson, Asiata, Cole, Zack Line, Thielen), they have the cap space to sign all of them and still get an upgrade at RG (i.e. T.J. Lang – $8-9m).

    Speilman…..Bueller, Bueller, Bueller? Go get Lang.

  8. I don’t understand why the Panthers want Julius Peppers. He is ancient by athlete standards and does not have much left in the tank. (1-3 years) To me, Julius Peppers just wants to retire a Panther. Now this Captain Munnerlyn deal makes a lot more sense and is more practical. Obviously Munnerlyn is not the best at his position but he will still be an upgrade for the Panthers secondary. This year the secondary struggled mightily without Josh Norman and Kurt Coleman being forced to play out of position on the strong side. Coleman is a ballhawk and can only play free safety a la center fielder.

  9. FOLKS-the fact of the matter is this guy is the “40th” ranked best corner in the NFL last year. It seems every time a team passed for a first down against the Vikings last year 90% of the time it was against Munnerlyn………….

  10. Always liked Captain, but he was starting to get beat more towards the end of the season. Vikes have two #1 draft choices and a #2 locked into CB, so you can’t pay everyone. And giving a 29-year old CB a 4-yr deal seems too risky. Best of luck Captain!

  11. Now THIS is an interesting signing. Munnerlyn-if Carolina is smart-will not line up anywhere other than the nickel or slot but will certainly help out a great deal with their second year guys that are left with holding it down on the outside.

  12. Zygi is going to have to charter a plane for all of the players that are leaving. This is not Rick’s best offseason…. sheesh.

  13. Captain was good for the Vikings. I wish him well in Carolina. I heard Zimmer say he expects a lot from Alexander this year. They feel he is ready to start.

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