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Panthers Prepared To Allow Their Free Agents To Test The Open Market?

Panthers Captain Munnerlyn recently told The Charlotte Observer that he hasn’t heard anything from the team regarding a possible extension and the same can be said for top-tier free agents like DE Greg Hardy

“It’s been real quiet, which is shocking. I don’t know what’s going on. I’m just waiting. I guess they’re going to let everyone hit free agency,” Munnerlyn said. “I don’t think they’ve talked to anybody, yet – not even Greg Hardy. That’s a shocker to me. I guess they’re going to see what the market value of people is and go from there.

Munnerlyn is expected to meet with the the Panthers officials at the Scouting Combine next week to discuss a new contract, but it sounds as though he’s optimistic that he will find much more interest than he did a year ago.

“I think I had one of my best years. And I think my market value will be a little bit better than last year,” Munnerlyn said. “I want to stay with the Carolina Panthers because that’s the team that drafted me (in the seventh round in 2009). I love the organization, and I feel that’s the best team that fits me personality-wise. I love the coaching staff. I want to stay there.”

Carolina has some cap issues to get sorted out, which could explain why he’s hasn’t heard from the team’s front office.

In 2013, Munnerlyn 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 Munnerlyn and Hardy both listed in our Top 50 Free Agents list.

 

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