Where better place for a Captain to dock than with a team who owns a Love Boat?
Rumor turned into confirmation Wednesday night, as SOURCES! indicated former Carolina Panthers cornerback, Captain Munnerlyn, a free agent this season, is starting to take visits with other teams. First (or whatever) up on his list? A Wednesday evening trip to Minneapolis to visit with the Minnesota Vikings, proprietors of the Love Boat and all the double sided dildos a captain could need to steer his ship.
Soooo … It's pretty much a shoe-in he's going to sign with us, right?
Captain Munnerlyn would be a good get for the Vikings. Although diminutive (listed at 5'9" and 182 lbs), he has performed well in his five year career with the Panthers, notching 213 career tackles, seven interceptions, and five touchdowns in that time. To put that in perspective, Chris Cook has played four seasons with the Vikings, and has 98 career tackles, zero interceptions, and zero touchdowns, despite being a preferred "big" cornerback at 6'2" and 200 lbs. Sooooo …..
Munnerlyn would also fit the bill for what the Vikings and new head coach Mike Zimmer are trying to do to build this team. Zimmer has been known to take flyers on guys that had to fight for what they have achieved in the NFL. People like Linval Joseph, who flew under the radar in college at East Carolina, and Munnerlyn, who was a seventh round pick, both had to fight for respect in the NFL. These are the types of players that get better on their own accord, and who don't just expect success because they've always had it, ERASMUS JAMES. God.
In addition to this, Munnerlyn would be another signing that would signal a youth movement for the Vikings. In short order, the Vikings were already able to flip their old defensive line into some young, new hotness by letting veterans Jared Allen and Kevin Williams walk (potentially), and signing young guys like Everson Griffen and Linval Joseph to contracts to be their starters. Signing Munnerlyn would be a similar move, reinforcing the secondary with young players – who are actually, you know, good – and building around them long term, bringing a bit of stability.
The big question has to be, is this the cornerback the Vikings really need, though? Ideally they'd want a bigger guy, someone who could match up with the Calvin Johnsons and Brandon Marshalls in the NFC North. On the other hand, who gives a shit. If a guy can play, a guy can play. And you're telling me this guy wouldn't make a great addition to the Shirtless Vikings gallery?
Yeah, thought so. Let's get this done, Captain.