Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer has a number of notes regarding some of the Carolina Panthers soon-to-be free agents included in his recent column.
According to Person, the Panthers are prepared to allow CB Captain Munnerlyn test the free agent market in the coming weeks.
Person adds that re-signing him to a “shorter, team-friendly” contract remains a possibility, but Munnerlyn has said previously that he expects to find a better market than he did last year.
Munnerlyn is coming off of a great season in which he produced 73 tackles, 3 sacks, 2 interceptions — both of which were returned for touchdowns — a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. He was rated as the No. 11 cornerback in the league, according to Pro Football Focus.
We have him listed as the No. 34 player in our Top 50 Free Agents list.
Person writes that the Panthers “will look to lock up” free agent WR Ted Ginn Jr to a contract extension.
Ginn, 28, signed a one-year contract with Carolina last year and managed to produce a breakout season in 2013. He totaled 36 receptions for 556 yard receiving to go along with five touchdowns.
He was also an effective kick returner for the Panthers as well.
We have him listed as the No. 97 player in our Top 100 Free Agents list.
Person also expects the Panthers to re-sign free safety Mike Mitchell as well.
Person points to the fact that Mitchell brought a “physical presence” to the Panthers’ secondary last season while producing some decent numbers.
Mitchell, 26, totaled 67 tackles, four sacks, four interceptions and two forced fumbles during his first year in Carolina.
- Person believes the Panthers will try to retain K Graham Gano.
- Carolina is expected to allow WR Brandon LaFell to reach the open market.