Panthers release Ken Lucas
Cornerback Ken Lucas was released by the Carolina Panthers in a salary-cap savingÂ move this Wednesday.Â The transaction will clear $2.3 million off of Carolina’s 2009 cap.
Lucase,Â who struggled late last season, appearantly vetoed a deal to the Detroit Lions last month.
LucasÂ is now more famous for hisÂ in-practiceÂ scuffle between he andÂ Pro Bowl receiver Steve Smith.Â Smith sucker punched Lucas in the face while Lucas was resting on one knee during the pre-season and served a 2 game team-impossed suspension.Â Lucas, who needed minor surgery on his nose, eventually forgave Smith.
The 30-year-old Lucas struggled late last season, when the Panthers’ defense became a weak point leading to their 33-13 loss to the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC divisional playoffs.
Last year’s nickel back, Richard Marshall, looks to be the front runner for Lucas’ vacant starting job opposite Chris Gamble, who signed a contract extension late last year.Â
Lucas originally signed a six-year, $36 million deal in 2005 after starting at cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks. Â He started 49 of 50 games for Carolina and had 13 interceptions.Â In eight NFL seasons, Lucas has 495 tackles and 24 interceptions.