In his recent article at the Charlotte Observer, Panthers beat writer Joe Person highlighted GM Dave Gettleman's insistence that while the Panthers may not appear to be doing anything in free agency, the team does have a plan.
Apparently, that plan involves free agent CB Captain Munnerlyn - provided he's willing to come back at the right price.
Per league sources, the Panthers offered the veteran cornerback a 3 year contract worth around $5M.
From Person's article:
The Panthers made offers to two defensive starters – cornerback Captain Munnerlyn and defensive tackle Dwan Edwards – the players viewed as unsatisfactory.
Munnerlyn, who started 25 games over the past two seasons, was offered a 3-year deal worth about $5 million, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.
Munnerlyn became a bigger priority with the release of Gamble, the nine-year veteran who retired three days after being cut. Munnerlyn’s agent was scheduled to talk with the Panthers again Monday night, the source said.
Given the fact that Munnerlyn is a nickel cornerback and special teams player, I think that the offer is fair. I can understand him wanting to get paid (because, don't we all?), but that's probably the best offer he's going to get in a CB flooded free agent market. Whether or not he wants to accept that offer is up to him, but I have a feeling he will be back in Carolina when it's all said and done.
The one thing we have learned here is that Gettleman does know that he can offer players contracts that are longer than one year. Hopefully this trend continues and the Panthers can move forward with some inexpensive multi-year deals for veteran help as they keep chopping away at the unpleasant salary cap situation they are in for the foreseeable future.
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