Two days ago the team added unrestricted free agent D.J. Moore, a week after adding veteran Drayton Florence, both cornerbacks, as they try to find the right person or combination to replace starter Chris Gamble who was a salary cap casualty.
“We are pleased with the addition of Mike Mitchell and the return of Captain Munnerlyn,” says head coach Ron Rivera in a release. “Mitchell should provide competition in the secondary and we know Captain is a tough, hard-nosed competitor capable of making big plays.”
Munnerlyn, 24, has played his entire career with the Panthers after being taken in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft out of the University of South Carolina. He played in all 16 games with 11 starts last year producing a career-high 66 tackles and tied a single-season team record with two interception returns for touchdowns.
In his career the 5-foot-8, 190-pound Mobile, Alabama native has played in 61 games, 34 starts, and has racked up 211 tackles, two sacks, five interceptions, including three returned for touchdowns, and 25 passes defensed.
Mitchell, 25, will be entering his fifth NFL season and is coming off a 2012 having played in all 16 games with two starts, producing 47 tackles, one sack and one pass defensed for the Raiders.
A second round (47th overall) selection in the 2009 NFL Draft out of Ohio University, the 6-foot-0, 215 pounder has played 61 career games with nine starts with 145 tackles, 3.5 sacks, two interceptions and 11 passes defensed.