The Minnesota Vikings are now on the market for a nickel cornerback.
Corner Captain Munnerlyn, who has spent the last three seasons in the nickel role with the Vikings, has agreed to a deal with the Carolina Panthers.
Just talked with Munnerlyn, who said Peppers, Charles Johnson and others recruited him hard. Vikings made an offer, but Panthers stepped up.
— Ben Goessling (@GoesslingESPN) March 11, 2017
Munnerlyn was an important part of Mike Zimmer’s defense, playing around 65% of snaps – and that’s while missing much of one game against the Detroit Lions. In three years with the Vikings, he had four interceptions. While he did not get an INT last season, he played well in coverage and was one of the league’s better tacklers at corner, posting the lowest broken tackle rate in the NFL according to Football Outsiders.
According to Goessling, Munnerlyn will make $21 million over four years.
The Vikings will have plenty of options, including trying to woo Terence Newman to come back, putting 2016 draft pick Mackensie Alexander into the starting role or signing one of the free agents available such as Buffalo’s Nickell Robey-Coleman or Baltimore’s Jerraud Powers.
Vikings receiver Charles Johnson also signed with the Panthers. The Vikings elected not to tender Johnson an offer. He caught 20 passes for 232 yards.
The #Panthers have signed WR Charles Johnson!
— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) March 11, 2017