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Panthers Say Farewell To Veterans Munnerlyn, Adams

The Panthers have released cornerback Captain Munnerlyn.
Panthers.com
The Panthers have released cornerback Captain Munnerlyn.

The Carolina Panthers are continuing to shake things up in the off season, announcing Monday that they've released veteran cornerback Captain Munnerlyn and won't re-sign longtime safety Mike Adams.

A report on the Panthers.com website said the changes would help the team get "faster and younger" in the defensive secondary. 

Munnerlyn, 30, was drafted by the Panthers in 2009 and played 10 seasons in the NFL. After five years in Charlotte, he played three seasons with the Vikings. He came back to Carolina two years ago. He had two years remaining on a four-year contract. 

ESPN reports that by releasing Munnerlyn, the Panthers would clear $2 million in space under the NFL's salary cap, making room for signing other players. 

Adams. 37, is a 15-year NFL veteran. He was at the end of a two-year contract and will become a free-agent.  In two  years with the Panthers, he started every game at safety. 

In a post on Instagram, Adams said: "Appreciate the @panthers for the opportunity for the last two years. I was told the Panthers are going in another direction. This great city and organization showed me nothing but love when I was here!" 

Besides Adams and Munnerlyn, the Panthers next season also will be without linebacker Thomas Davis, 35, who also is not being re-signed. And veteran defensive end Julius Peppers, 39, announced his retirement.