The Carolina Panthers released a pair of defensive backs — safety Mike Adams and slot cornerback Captain Munnerlyn — earlier this week. Adams will be 38 next season and while GM Dave Gettleman says he doesn’t look at age, that’s a bit long in the tooth for a safety.
So, let’s focus on Munnerlyn as a potential target for the defensive back-needy New York Giants.
Age: 31 in April
Height: 5-foot-9 | Weight: 185
2018 stats: 16 games (5 starts) | Tackles (47) | Interceptions (1) | Passes defensed (9)
Pro Football Focus: Overall grade (61.6) | Run defense (65.0) | Tackling (76.2 — 4 missed tackles) | Coverage (60.3) | Yards per reception (10.0) | Passer rating against (85.4)
Munnerlyn finished No. 14 among 22 qualifying slot corners in yards per coverage snap (1.24) and seventh in snaps per reception allowed (8.1).
Sports Info Solutions has him 39th in yards allowed per pass and 32nd in success rate among 85 qualified corners in 2018.
Let’s start here — Gettleman signed Munnerlyn to a four-year, $17 million contract ($6.9 million guaranteed) with the Panthers in 2017. That’s the same contract Carolina just bailed on.
So, we know that the Giants’ GM obviously likes the player. The Giants obviously have a need to upgrade the talent in the secondary.
Does that make Munnerlyn a fit for the Giants?
Munnerlyn is purely a slot corner. He played 520 of 630 snaps in the slot last season. In 2017, that was 333 out of 404.
The Giants do have Grant Haley as a potential slot corner. They could bring back B.W. Webb, who began last season in the slot before moving outside following the trade of Eli Apple.
Munnerlyn has never been a great player, but still appears to be a good one. Carolina has released veterans Munnerlyn, Adams and Thomas Davis this offseason as they try to get younger on that side of the ball.
The Giants, frankly, just need to get better. Is Munnerlyn a player who could help them do that?