Report: Vikings Will ‘Catch Up’ On Captain Munnerlyn at Combine


Here comes your first of many reminders that the combine isn’t just about putting college players through their paces, it’s also a chance for teams to speak to agents and maybe get talks going about free agent players they are interested in signing down the road.

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The combine also provides an opportunity for teams and agents to talk about players already under contract who may or may not be sticking around. And that brings us to the subject of Vikings cornerback Captain Munnerlyn.

According to 1500ESPN’s Darren Wolfson, the Vikings plan on checking in with Munnerlyn’s rep at the combine.

What might the Vikings have to “catch up” with Munnerlyn’s agent about? Some have proposed that Minnesota might look to move on from Munnerlyn after the cornerback’s less-than-impressive first season in purple.

It’s possible the Vikes might use Munnerlyn’s bad season, and his own public remarks about his failures in 2014, to leverage Munnerlyn into taking a pay cut.

Munnerlyn is set to make a base salary of $3.45 million in 2015 with a $333,333 signing bonus and a $50,000 workout bonus. Per Spotrac, $1 million of Munnerlyn’s base salary is guaranteed.

One wonders what Munnerlyn would get on the open market if the Vikings cut him. After a tough season in purple, you have to believe his value has tanked.

The lesson here is simple: Don’t be bad right after signing a three-year deal where most of the guaranteed money is off the books after year one. And if you are bad, don’t admit you failed to listen to your coach. That doesn’t exactly help you from a negotiating standpoint.

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