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Panthers sign CB Munnerlyn, S Mitchell
Carolina adds to secondary competition
 
Published Friday, March 22, 2013 9:12 am
by Herbert L. White

The Carolina Panthers added two more pieces to their secondary on Thursday by re-signing incumbent cornerback Captain Munnerlyn and inking unrestricted free agent safety Mike Mitchell to a deal.


Munnerlyn and Mitchell brought to four secondary signings for Carolina this week, joining cornerbacks D.J. Moore and Drayton Florence on the roster.


“We are pleased with the addition of Mike Mitchell and the return of Captain Munnerlyn,” coach Ron Rivera said in a statement. “Mitchell should provide competition in the secondary and we know Captain is a tough, hard-nosed competitor capable of making big plays.”

Munnerlyn, a four-year veteran who played in all 16 games (11 starts) for Carolina in 2012, produced a career-best 66 tackles and tied the single-season team record with two interception returns for touchdowns. He was picked by the Panthers in the seventh round of the 2009 draft and has played in 61 games with 34 starts with 211 tackles, two sacks, five interceptions (three returned for touchdowns), and 25 passes defensed.
 
Mitchell spent his first four seasons with Oakland, playing all 16 games last year including two starts. He produced 47 tackles, a sack and one pass defensed. A second-round pick by the Raiders in 2009, Mitchell has played in 61 career games with nine starts. He has career totals of 145 tackles, 3.5 sacks, two interceptions and 11 passes defensed.

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