"They're breaking up that old yet young gang in Carolina. The defending NFC South champion Panthers have seen a lot of departures this offseason, especially at the wide receiver position.
Now head coach Ron Rivera has said goodbye to cornerback Captain Munnerlyn, who signed with the Minnesota Vikings. The former seventh-round draft pick has intercepted just seven passes in five seasons, but five of them have been returned for touchdowns. In fact, the last four picks by Munnerlyn, over the last two seasons, have been taken back for scores. Meanwhile, Minnesota looks to rebound from a disappointing 5-10-1 campaign in which it allowed the second-most yards in the league and gave up an NFL-high 480 points."
4. Linval Joseph signs with the Minnesota Vikings. Here's BR's summary:
"With all the big names along the New York Giants' potent defensive line in recent seasons, the biggest performer in terms of sheer mass may be the most missed. The Minnesota Vikings are now in possession of four-year defensive tackle Linval Joseph. The 6'4", 328-pound performer started 46 regular-season games the last three years combined and has totaled nine sacks over that span. With the overhaul along the defensive line in the Twin Cities, Joseph figures to bring a lot to one of the worst defenses in the league in 2013. He'll team with 2013 first-round pick Sharrif Floyd on the inside of Mike Zimmer's new-look defensive unit."
It is nice to see that more than just Vikings fans are approving of their moves so far this offseason.
And other news on possible FA targets:
Still in it on Melton, too. RT @MattPitcher3: what about the Vikings?— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 16, 2014
As expected, Henry Melton has visited the Seahawks and Cowboys after the Vikings, and unless another FA visit comes up, will be making his decision on where to sign soon. If the Vikings sign him, I can't imagine them ending the year with anything less than a Top-10 ranked D-Line.
And as for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, he has only had, according to VikingAge, a casual chat with the Vikings. DRC had two FA visits that I know of, one with the Jets and the other with the Giants. Now, with the Giants having signed Walter Thurmond, I find it very unlikely that the Giants could find enough cap space to sign DRC (though after the Byrd/Saints incident, I know that there is always a way). So if the Vikings were to decide to enter the DRC sweepstakes, it would likely be a two-horse race between them and the Jets for DRC's services (though I would give the Jets the edge as they have the financial advantage over the Vikings).