Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Report: Melton, Munnerlyn, set to visit Vikings

According to sources, the Vikings will have Captain Munneryln and Henry Melton in for visits. How will these moves factor the rest of free agency?

The Vikings have been active in free agency and it appears they may not be finished with signings on the defensive side of the ball.'s Darren Wolfson is reporting cornerback Captain Munnerlyn will visit the Vikings Wednesday night and into Thursday morning.
This is a welcome sign for many Vikings fans who like the tenacious play of the 25-year old former Carolina Panther cornerback. Munnerlyn was a huge contribution to the Panthers defense last season and of his seven career interceptions, five have taken to the end zone for touchdowns. He has also has become known as a solid tackler and missed just 3 tackles in 987 snaps last season. Munnerlyn has played significantly well in zone coverage, but has struggled with speedy wide receivers who challenge him when in man-to-man schemes. He is an extremely good at blitzing off the edge and corralled a career-high 3.5 sacks last season. Munnerlyn could easily be compared to former Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield and has the slot skills to be a carbon copy of the All-Pro. He will come at an affordable price and is a young, proven commodity, that can help bolster the Vikings secondary.

As for defensive tackle Henry Melton, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Melton will be visiting the Vikings on Thursday.

Melton, 27, has spent his first six seasons with the Chicago Bears before tearing his ACL during the third game of the 2013 season. He attended the Pro-Bowl in 2012 and has been a serviceable pass rushing option for the middle of the Bears defense. He could play the three-techinque for the Vikings, while providing a fresh pair with young defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd on the defensive line. Melton is reportedly yearning for a multi-year deal and with the injuries concerns surrounding him, many teams have been scared away. Mike Zimmer will be able to provide Melton with opportunity to succeed within this system and if he lands with the Vikings, he could reestablish his career among a very talented front-seven.

Both of these visits will be taking place over the next 24 hours and with the Vikings current salary cap space near $15 million, the team has the resources to make both of these signings immediately.

Stay tuned as the Vikings may have a new 'Captain' of their defense.

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