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February 26, 2009

Report: Lucas says no to Lions

Cornerback Ken Lucas' days with the Carolina Panthers could indeed be numbered. Adam Schefter of the NFL Network/NFL.com reports that Lucas nixed a potential trade to the Detroit Lions. The Lions are in desperate need of help at cornerback -- and just about any other position. Lucas apparently didn't want to play for a team coming off the first 0-16 record in NFL history, especially after he helped the Panthers make the playoff this season. It'll be interesting to see whether another trade partner emerges for Lucas or if the Panthers merely cut him, which would save $2.375 million under the '09 cap.

(x) In a deal almost identical to what was given to defensive tackle Damione Lewis, the Panthers have extended and restructured the contract of DT Maake Kemoeatu. Like Lewis, the contract was to have ended in 2010 but now reaches out to 2014 to make it more cap friendly for the next year or two. Carolina probably converted some of Kemoeatu's base salary to bonus money so it could be pro-rated over the life of the contract. His base salary for this season drops from $3.9 million to $2 million, but he likely had the other $1.9 guaranteed and pro-rated.

(x) The Panthers cap situation was helped by the fact that the NFL salary cap maximum for 2009 went up from $123 million to $127.05. The change happened as a result of the "cash adjustment mechanism" that was written into the 2006 NFL collective bargaining agreement extension. A statement from teh league office puts it this way:

"The 2006 CBA provides for an upward or downward adjustment to salary cap room in the event leaguewide cash spending on player costs (salaries and benefits) falls below or exceeds a predetermined percentage of total league revenue (59.5% in 2008). In the past several years, cash spending has been below this percentage. As a result, each club will receive an additional $4,050,000 in salary cap room in 2009. This adjustment will not affect the CBA’s 2009 minimum team salary, which remains at $107,748,000."

-- Charles Chandler

Posted by Observer Sports on February 26, 2009 at 02:03 PM | Permalink

Comments

I wonder what they were trying to trade for.

Posted by: ANILORAC OG | Feb 26, 2009 2:14:58 PM

Hey Chuck, thanks for the info but what does this mean? are they trying to clear space to make a move? are they gonna try to resign some of o-linemen we are about to lose... is it a sign they want to make a run at a big name FA? How far under the cap are they now? Any chance they go after cato june so he and meeks can reunite? he has shown that he can be a great lb in meeks system....

Posted by: matt s | Feb 26, 2009 2:21:04 PM

"especially after he helped the Panthers make the playoff this season" ...are we still talking about Lucas?

Posted by: JJ | Feb 26, 2009 2:23:56 PM

had to be draft picks...lions loaded with draft picks

Posted by: pfan | Feb 26, 2009 2:24:19 PM

I'm guessing a late rounder. If you can get anything for him, do it. Something is better than nothing. The Panthers let this info slip on purpose so they can get the word out that Lucas is available. I bet they get a 6th rounder for him. Stack up some picks and draft some young, hungry, and relatively cheap players. Best of luck Ken Lucas. You had an off year but you're still a player.

Posted by: gradyhog | Feb 26, 2009 2:25:21 PM

As much as I'd love to think that they were trying to trade Lucas for Calvin Johnson... It's more likely that they were aiming for a 3rd round pick. (maybe a 2nd) On the other hand, who can blame Lucas for not wanting to go to Detroit? He's only got a handful of years left in the NFL, and Detroit is going to take a few years to get their act together and become a playoff caliber team. Although Miami made an awesome turnaround last season, Detroit has more issues at it's core that will cause the process to take longer.

my $0.02

Posted by: jomast | Feb 26, 2009 2:35:56 PM

"Lucas apparently didn't want to play for a team coming off the first 0-16 record in NFL history, especially after he helped the Panthers make the playoff this season."


LOLMAO

Posted by: Kevin | Feb 26, 2009 2:40:16 PM

I think that Lucas should take the Lions up on that offer. He didn't do too good of a job on the Panthers.... they didn't make it to the superbowl. If I were him i would take that offer because if he gets cut you never know if anyone else would want to pick him up. You can't be too picky when you aren't that good yourself....

Posted by: Capricornian | Feb 26, 2009 2:40:27 PM

to answer your question anilorac:

a REALLY nice bag of balls

Posted by: Wes | Feb 26, 2009 2:46:33 PM

The best we would have gotten for Lucas is a 3rd round pick. I would do that in a heart beat, Lucas constantly gets burned deep. We can draft someone in the 3rd for cheaper, and probably even better. Hopefully he gets traded and we dont lose him for nothing

Posted by: panthers24 | Feb 26, 2009 2:46:54 PM

Does anyone else find it bizarre that Lucas, not the Panthers nixed the deal. How can he do that? This isn't MLB with no trade clauses.

Posted by: Harvey | Feb 26, 2009 2:47:44 PM

Actually, Harvey, every NFL player basically has a no trade clause. It's called "if you trade me there, I won't show up."

And the condition of the player actually reporting to the team he's traded to is in every trade clause in the NFL. In order to be completed, he has to report to the Lions.

Posted by: Wes | Feb 26, 2009 2:49:54 PM

Lucas doesn't want to go to the Lions because:

A) Calvin Johnson likely packs a meaner punch than Smitty.

or

B) He didn't want his luggage stolen upon his arrival.

Posted by: dogear | Feb 26, 2009 3:23:23 PM

Harvey, report to what? The draft is in April. Training Camp is in July. Anything he could report for happens after the draft.

Posted by: Adam | Feb 26, 2009 3:46:18 PM

Doubt the Panthers will get much if anything for #21...not because he isn't worth a 4th or possibly a 3rd round pick. But simply because Carolina is still working with a very tight budget and most teams will gamble that #21 will become available because they feel, at the end of the day Carolina will cut him loose!

Posted by: Nebcatfan | Feb 26, 2009 4:03:05 PM

i don't like ken lucas much, but he have help us over the years, just not as much this year, but i wouldnt go to the lions neither..they might win one game next year.. i would take my chance with been cut and try out without a guarantee deal to play for another team than the worst franchise in the nfl and live in "DETROIT"..

Posted by: tim | Feb 26, 2009 4:07:45 PM

Lucas is class act. No reason for him to accept such a dirt trade?

Posted by: Jim | Feb 26, 2009 9:42:11 PM

Why not go? they're showing him the door,unless he doesn't want Carolina to get anything for him?

Posted by: Seer1963 | Feb 26, 2009 10:42:05 PM

i would be content with us trading him for dan concussion morgan, if it got lucas off the team. let dan come back for nothing and retire a kat 4 life!!! buy lucas, your most memorable moment....gettin sucker punched and burnt! hell i would trade him for a 7th rounder!!

Posted by: The PantherMandooza | Feb 26, 2009 10:59:13 PM

The way that Lucas handled the sucker punch situation with Steve Smith has something to do with the way the Panthers are handling Lucas. I don't think they want to just cut him for salary cap relief.

Posted by: Dan | Feb 27, 2009 9:27:52 AM

The way that Lucas handled the sucker punch situation with Steve Smith has something to do with the way the Panthers are handling Lucas. I don't think they want to just cut him for salary cap relief.

Posted by: Dan | Feb 27, 2009 9:27:53 AM

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