At some point this offseason, the Minnesota Vikings must address their issues at cornerback. If the rumors are true, they could choose to do that with the addition of Captain Munnerlyn.
According to Master Tesfatsion of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Vikings are set to host Munnerlyn. Considered one of the top free agent cornerbacks still available, the former Carolina Panthers standout seems to be a great fit for Vikings.
Last season with the Panthers, Munnerlyn emerged as one of the most exciting young cornerbacks in the NFL. Despite a small frame (5’8’’, 186 pounds), he displayed tremendous instincts in coverage and an outstanding ability to step up against the run. While comparisons to Antoine Winfield seem a bit immature, Munnerlyn has some similarities that will definitely attract the Vikings.
According to Pro Football Focus, Munnerlyn graded out as the No. 10 cornerback in the NFL, racking up 70 total tackles, four sacks, one interception and seven passes defended. He allowed 68 percent of the passes thrown into his coverage to be completed, giving up an 85.6 quarterback rating when throw at. While those numbers aren’t great, he only gave up one touchdown throughout the season and was a key part of the Panthers’ run defense.
Munnerlyn’s coverage still needs some work, but he’d easily be an upgrade over Josh Robinson as a slot corner and could even lock down a spot across from Xavier Rhodes as the Vikings’ No. 2 cornerback. He’s much more reliable of a cover man than Chris Cook ever was, and can make a significant impact against the run. Playing behind the Vikings’ upgraded defensive line should also help make things easier when opponents air it out.
Seeing as several higher-rated cornerbacks have already landed reasonable deals, there’s plenty of optimism that the Vikings can sign Munnerlyn without having to break the bank. Assuming GM Rick Spielman tables a respectable offer, expect Munnerlyn to sign with Minnesota shortly.