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Captain Munnerlyn is just one of a couple big-name free agents for the Panthers, but luckily for general manager Dave Gettleman, the cornerback is open to taking a one-year deal to stay in Carolina, according to Jonathan Jones of The Charlotte Observer. He played his college ball at South Carolina, and clearly he likes it there. However, he played the 2013 season on a one-year deal and proved to be well worth a nice contract, so he could be paid handsomely on the open market.
At 5'8" and 195 pounds, he is almost the antithesis of the physically imposing cornerback that is often synonymous with a No. 1 shutdown corner, but he proved more than capable of covering all over the field, whether it was in the slot or on the perimeter.
He allowed just one touchdown pass into his coverage all season long and made big plays all over the field, with three sacks, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and two interceptions, which were both returned for touchdowns.
Munnerlyn's strength is in zone coverage, where he can put his speed to work and break on the ball. In playing 95.7 percent of the team's defensive snaps, he proved he can be an every-down cornerback, but with the Panthers' tight salary-cap situation and the number of other key free agents coming up, does he feel optimistic about that happening?
"Kind of, sorta," he said, according to David Newton of ESPN.