Dec 15, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers cornerback Captain Munnerlyn (41) reacts after returning an interception for a touchdown in the fourth quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
Munnerlyn reportedly visited the Vikings Wednesday night, and was expected to leave Minnesota Thursday morning for visits with the Buccaneers and Jets.
The 5-8 Munnerlyn certainly looks the part of a Winfield-style slot corner, and that indeed is the role to which he is best suited, given his limitations in outside coverage.
Overall, the Vikings need an infusion of talent and veteran savvy in their defensive backfield. Right now they would be rolling with Xavier Rhodes and probably Josh Robinson as their starting corners, with Marcus Sherels covering the slot. That is not acceptable.
Munnerlyn is certainly no Winfield – no one is – but he’s probably the best Winfield facsimile you’re going to find without hiring a mad scientist to construct one.
The number of teams looking at Munnerlyn is an indication of how important the slot corner role has become in the NFL. The Vikings may have to pay a little to get Munnerlyn.
They still have some money, but they still have multiple holes to fill.