The Carolina Panthers biggest need this offseason is undoubtedly at the offensive tackle position following Jordan Gross’s retirement, but cornerback is a pretty significant hole as well. UDFA Melvin White looked promising last season, but the Panthers really need to re-sign top CB Captin Munnerlyn, who is one of the team’s leaders and is coming off of a very good 2013 season. Munnerlyn has been the best corner on the team in the past two seasons, and he should be a big priority for them this offseason. I expect him to be re-signed, but there are a few teams that have already shown interest in him, so it’s important to look at potential backup plans. Heck, the Panthers could even re-sign him and add another CB if they find the cap flexibility, as I’m not sure how sold they are on young guys Josh Thomas and Josh Norman.
According to the Chicago Tribune’s Brad Biggs, the Panthers could be a landing spot for Charles Tillman if the veteran cornerback does not re-sign with the Chicago Bears this offseason. It doesn’t look like Tillman is expected to stay with the only franchise he’s played for, so there’s a very strong chance he signs elsewhere this offseason.
The Panthers look like a legit fit on paper, as they are a contender without a veteran CB if Munnerlyn leaves. While the Panthers would likely want to target a better player, I see Tillman as a legitimate option, and he could potentially sign with Munnerlyn if he’s cheap enough and the Panthers have enough cap space available.