The Carolina Panthers have agreed to contract terms with former Minnesota Vikings cornerback Captain Munnerlyn, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports.
Munnerlyn spent his first five seasons (2009-2013) with the Panthers organization before jumping ship to Minnesota in free agency.
Earlier in the day, the Panthers reached a deal with 37-year-old defensive end Julius Peppers, who spent his first eight NFL seasons with the Panthers and is the team’s all-time leader in sacks (81).
Munnerlyn signed a three-year, $11.25 million deal with the Vikings in 2014, as the team sought to shore up its slot cornerback position. After a difficult first season — during which he admitted to “freelancing” at times as a starter in Mike Zimmer’s exacting base defensive scheme — Munnerlyn became exclusively a slot cornerback in 2015 and 2016, thriving in the role as the Vikings played him primarily in their nickel packages.
He intercepted two passes and recovered two fumbles, returning one for a touchdown, as the Vikings won the NFC North in 2015. And though Munnerlyn didn’t intercept a pass in 2016, he had a solid year in coverage, starting nine games despite playing through a high ankle sprain late in the season.
Munnerlyn, 28, said several times after the season that he wanted to return to the Vikings but also admitted to “counting down the days” until free agency, out of excitement.