Munnerlyn was cut by Buffalo on Saturday, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.
Munnerlyn has experience with the current Buffalo brass dating back to his Carolina days, but the team decided to go with younger players that offer more versatility.
Munnerlyn has been signed by the Bills.
The Bills were forced to put veteran corner EJ Gaines on injured reserve Saturday, so team brass -- a good majority of the coaching and management staff has ties to the Carolina organization -- felt most comfortable signing a familiar face in Munnerlyn to take the roster spot. Munnerlyn has spent seven of his 10 NFL seasons with the Panthers, but now he'll join fellow Panthers veteran Kurt Coleman to try and round out some depth in the Buffalo secondary this season.
The Panthers are releasing Munnerlyn, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Munnerlyn has made 85 starts in 154 career games with the Vikings and Panthers, primarily manning the slot in nickel formations the past four seasons. He'll turn 31 in April and won't be mistaken for a dominant coverage man, but his track record of competence in a difficult role should be enough to draw interest from multiple teams. The Panthers are also parting ways with 37-year-old safety Mike Adams, attempting to get younger and faster in the secondary after they allowed 32 passing touchdowns and 7.7 yards per attempt in 2018.
Munnerlyn finished the 2018 regular season with 47 tackles (38 solo), two sacks, one fumble recovery and one interception on nine passes defended in 16 games played.
Munnerlyn played his first full campaign since 2015, starting five contests along the way. After just 29 stops last season, the veteran was closer to his career average of just over 50 this time around. Additionally, James Bradberry was the only Panther that topped his nine pass breakups. With two years remaining on his contract, he'll aim to keep his nickel position in 2019.
Munnerlyn (knee) was a full participant in Thursday's practice.
Munnerlyn was held out of Wednesday's practice due to a knee issue, but he now appears to have made a full recovery. The 30-year-old rotational cornerback thus appears on track to suit up against the Falcons on Sunday.
Munnerlyn (knee) did not practice Wednesday, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.
Munnerlyn appears to have suffered a knee injury during Monday's loss to the Saints, and sat out the Panthers' first practice of the week. If the 10-year veteran is unable to get healthy in time for Sunday's tilt against the Falcons, expect Lorenzo Doss to see a slight uptick in snaps.
Munnerlyn recorded two solo tackles and a sack in Sunday's 26-20 loss to the Browns.
Munnerlyn played 60 percent of Carolina's defensive snaps and managed to bring down Baker Mayfield for the team's only sack of the day. The 10-year veteran has 41 tackles and an interception this season, and he'll look to slow down Drew Brees in an NFC South clash on Sunday.
Munnerlyn (chest) finished with eight tackles (four solo) and half a sack in Week 9's win over the Buccaneers.
Munnerlyn tied teammate Thomas Davis to lead the Panthers in total tackles. Thanks to that season high, he now sports 24 stops to go with one interception through eight games.
Munnerlyn (hamstring) is not listed on Wednesday's injury report, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.
Munnerlyn suffered a hamstring strain during Carolina's 36-21 win over the Ravens on Sunday, and appears to have fully recovered from the injury. The 30-year-old cornerback appears on track to suit up against the Buccaneers in Week 9.
Munnerlyn suffered a hamstring strain during Sunday's 36-21 win over the Ravens, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.
Munnerlyn exited Sunday's contest due to a hamstring injury, but Person also reports that Munnerlyn anticipates suiting up against the Buccaneers in Week 9 without issue. The 30-year-old veteran will serve as a rotational cornerback in Carolina's defense if he's able to suit up.
Munnerlyn totaled 29 tackles (24 solo) and two sacks in 14 games with the Panthers in 2017.
Munnerlyn signed a four-year contract with the Panthers in March 2017, and subsequently posted the lowest tackle total of his career and failed to record an interception. The 29-year-old is the veteran presence in a group of young Carolina cornerbacks, but this season proved to be the worst statistical season of his nine-year career.
Munnerlyn (coach's decision) is listed as inactive for Sunday's game against the Packers, Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer reports.
Munnerlyn walked out of practice Wednesday, so even though he participated both Thursday and Friday, head coach Ron Rivera saw it fitting to bench his rotational corner. The 29-year-old's absence will open the door for Kevon Seymour and Ladarius Gunter to log extended workloads Sunday.
Munnerlyn (illness) is expected to be available for the Panthers' Week 13 game against the Saints, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.
Munnerlyn was inactive for Sunday's win over the Jets while recovering from a virus, but it appears his condition has already dramatically improved just one day later. Assuming he suffers no recurrence of the symptoms during the week, he should settle back in as the Panthers' nickelback.
The Panthers have downgraded Munnerlyn (illness) from questionable to out for Sunday's game against the Jets, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports.
Munnerlyn's illness is said to be contagious, so he is currently away from the team. Coach Ron Rivera would not say which backup option will replace him in the starting lineup, but Kevin Seymour and LaDarius Gunter both have previous experience in the nickel.
Munnerlyn (illness) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Jets, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.
Munnerlyn slots in as the Panthers' No. 3 cornerback, so he doesn't log full snap counts. If he's unable to play, expect Kevon Seymour to play extra defensive snaps.
Munnerlyn (hamstring) will participate in his first practice of training camp Tuesday, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.
Munnerlyn missed about a week with the injury, which he apparently suffered while working out on his own during the offseason. There's still a little over a week before the Panthers' preseason opener, so Munnerlyn should be good to go for that contest if he endures no setbacks with the hamstring in practices the next few days.
Munnerlyn signed a four-year contract with the Panthers on Saturday.
Munnerlyn played the first five seasons of his career in Carolina, but spent the last three with the Vikings in Minnesota. While 2017 didn't produce his best campaign, he did notch 55 tackles (38 solo), three pass defenses and a forced fumble. He's topped two interceptions just once in his career, but has a tendency to return them for touchdowns. Of his 11 career interceptions, six of them have gone for six points. The 28-year-old cornerback will likely slot in behind James Bradberry and Daryl Worley on the Panthers' depth chart.
Munnerlyn had three tackles in Sunday's win over Chicago. He finished the season with 55 tackles and a forced fumble in 15 games.
Munnerlyn should find a robust market for his services this winter as a free agent as he's seen as a top slot corner in the league.
Munnerlyn (ankle) is active for Thursday's game in Detroit.
With Terrence Newman (neck) out of commission, Munnerlyn could experience an uptick in snaps, despite Trae Waynes entering the starting lineup. As a result, the potential exists for Munnerlyn to muster more than his typical tackle count (4.0 per game).
Munnerlyn (ankle) is listed as active for Sunday's tilt against the Cardinals.
Munnerlyn was forced to miss last week's loss to the Redskins due to a sprained ankle but returned to full participation in practice on Friday. He entered the weekend optimistic regarding his potential availability. If his reps are at all limited, Trae Waynes could see additional action as the No. 3 cornerback.