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With all the excitement over a possible Darrelle Revis trade, it's easy to miss that the Buccaneers are still looking for depth at the position. They are reportedly interested in re-signing E.J. Biggers, but haven't been connected with any other cornerbacks on the market. That changed today, as former Carolina Panther Captain Munnerlyn responded to a tweet from Bucs fan @BucsRMyLife.
@bucsrmylife yes— Captain Munnerlyn (@captain_41) March 17, 2013
Yes, that account is verified. It is geniuine. We don't know how serious this interest is, of course, but we can at least say something on Munnerlyn. He was a seventh-round pick out of South Carolina in 2009, and has managed to turn himself into a regular starter over the past four seasons. He has a lot of experience as a punt returner, and a little experience as a kick returner. With the Bucs needing both cornerback depth and return specialists, Munnerlyn would certainly fit the Bucs.
Munnerlyn has started 34 games over the past four seasons and has recorded five interceptions during that time. He played a massive 87% of all defensive snaps last season, stepping into a starting role for an injured Chris Gamble after opening the season as a nickel cornerback. Lost in the Panthers' struggles last season was the fact that they managed to post a pretty decent pass defense (12th per Football Outsiders). Munnerlyn wouldn't be a great starter and I don't really know if he'd be any better than E.J. Biggers, but he would at least be an improvement over what is currently on the roster.
The Bucs' pursuit of players like E.J. Biggers and Captain Munnerlyn fits perfectly with their apparent new philosophy: pay top money to top players, and fill the rest of the roster with cheap labor and competition. Adding Munnerlyn or even Biggers would help the Bucs, but it would hardly be a strong improvement and the Bucs would do best to see these players as competition and depth rather than instant starters.