The former seventh-round draft pick has started 34 games in his career, including 11 last season, working mainly as the nickelback. The Bears would like him to fill the same position in Chicago, as it appears last year's nickelback, Kelvin Hayden, is unlikely to return, as he reportedly is not interested in playing for the veteran minimum.
The report states the Panthers may attempt to match Chicago's offer to Munnerlyn (5-8, 180). In 2012, he racked up 61 total tackles, with two interceptions, both of which he returned for scores, and nine pass breakups. Pro Football Focus gave him a -0.3 overall grade last season, meaning he was about average at his position.
UPDATE: Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer is reporting on Twitter that Munnerlyn will re-sign with the Panthers.
From his Twitter feed:
Captain Munnerlyn says he will re-sign with #Panthers. 1-yr deal.
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