The Carolina Panthers biggest free agent target this season among their impending FAs is cornerback Captain Munnerlyn, because losing him would be almost a catastrophe for their secondary. The Panthers group of DBs is already unsettled as-is after the release (and now possible retirement) of cornerback Chris Gamble, and Munnerlyn is the only solid starter at cornerback left. But the Panthers will likely find it difficult to keep Munnerlyn, because there are a few teams who will be interested in him.
The two teams we know are interested in Munnerlyn’s services are the Cleveland Browns and now the Miami Dolphins. According to Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer, the Panthers two biggest priorities this offseason are Munnerlyn and Dwan Edwards (to re-sign, that is). According to Person, the Dolphins are interested in Munnerlyn, who might own the best name in the NFL.
Miami could really use a cornerback, because Sean Smith is as good as gone. The set-to-be-overpaid CB has a huge free agent market, and the Dolphins didn’t seem too keen on giving him his asking price. That’s probably for the better, but the ‘Fins can’t afford to lose Smith and not sign another CB.
While Munnerlyn is more of a No. 2 CB and gets hate from some Panthers fans, he played well last year and brought his game to a new level. After the speedster was reserved to nickel duties earlier in his career, he rose up the occasion last year after Chris Gamble went down and turned a corner. Munnerlyn had a good year, and he showed that he is worth starting as a No. 2 corner. Munnerlyn is an affordable free agent, and somebody who could help the Dolphins out. Of course, the Panthers can ill-afford to start second-year corners Josh Norman and Josh Thomas, so it would be wise to keep Munnerlyn.
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