Multiple reports have said that the Panthers are the team to watch for WR Russell Shepard, who Black & Blue Review says could sign a contract with the team on Friday.
The Panthers have been connected to Peppers for a few weeks now, as they could give him the opportunity to finish out his career with the team he started with.
Munnerlyn has made it clear that he’s seeking a big pay day, so it could be a costly move for them to try to get him under contract.
Munnerlyn, 28, is a former seventh-round pick of the Panthers back in 2009. He spent five years in Carolina before signing a three-year, $11.25 million that included $4.45 million guaranteed with the Vikings back in 2014.
Munnerlyn is now one of the best nickelbacks in this year’s free agent market.
In 2016, Munnerlyn appeared in 15 games for the Vikings and recorded 55 tackles, no interceptions, a forced fumble and three pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 49 cornerback out of 112 qualifying players.
Peppers, 37, is a former first-round pick of the Panthers back in 2002. He played out the final year of his three-year, $26 million contract and is now testing the open market as an unrestricted free agent next year.
In 2016, Peppers appeared in all 16 games and recorded 23 tackles, 7.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, a recovery and three pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 35 edge rusher out of 109 qualifying players.
We have Munnerlyn featured in our Top 50 Available Free Agents list.