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March 11, 2009

Panthers release Lucas

The Carolina Panthers announced today that they have released veteran cornerback Ken Lucas.

Lucas started 49 games in four seasons with the Panthers and had 13 interceptions.


 “Ken Lucas has been a very valuable player for us over the last four years and played an important role on two playoff teams during that span.  Ken is a true pro and we wish him the very best,” said general manager Marty Hurney.  “This year, we have re-signed some veteran players and this move means some younger players will have an opportunity to step up.”


 Lucas was the center of a major preseason news story in 2008 when he was punched in the face by teammate Steve Smith during a training camp fight. Lucas quickly forgave Smith, however, helping the team avoid what could have been a major distraction.


Posted by Observer Sports on March 11, 2009 at 03:42 PM | Permalink



Posted by: iuiu | Mar 11, 2009 3:51:48 PM

Happy days are here again............

Posted by: Chris | Mar 11, 2009 3:54:37 PM

It helps the cap, but Ken was an excellent corner, he just wasn't allowed to play his game (one on one) instead of our hole-y zone!

Posted by: Joe | Mar 11, 2009 3:54:45 PM

And nothing to show for it, dang. I can't believe someone wouldn't give up a 7th rounder for him.

Posted by: jbw | Mar 11, 2009 3:58:29 PM

Who is Steve Smith going let his frustrations out on now?

Posted by: fan | Mar 11, 2009 4:00:32 PM

have a feeling several teams have been waiting for this to happen....21 is a solid/experienced pro...and they will jump on him quickly...wish Carolina could have held out for a trade, but why would other teams trade if in the end they felt they'd have a shot at 21 for nothing...best of luck to 21 more times than not over the last 4 yrs he played consistently well...

Posted by: Nebcatfan | Mar 11, 2009 4:12:53 PM

I've sent him a list and you're on it.

Posted by: Authority | Mar 11, 2009 4:14:24 PM

Watch Atlanta pick him up to cover smitty and the two get in a fist fight during the game (kinda like when Deangelo Hall punched smitty in the jaw a few years ago)... my money is on Smitty...

Posted by: David | Mar 11, 2009 4:16:48 PM

The most important thing is, how much cap space did they free up?

Posted by: TarPanther9180 | Mar 11, 2009 4:17:44 PM

Roughly 2.4 Mill

Posted by: randy | Mar 11, 2009 4:19:18 PM

from what i can remember

Posted by: randy | Mar 11, 2009 4:19:36 PM

Well it sure looks like the Panthers are drafting a CB in the draft with one of their first two picks.

Posted by: J Thomas | Mar 11, 2009 4:23:39 PM

He didnt fit Trgo-TRASH's wack scheme. Ken Lucas is a cover 2/man corner. Not that soft zone we played last season

Posted by: BigBen704 | Mar 11, 2009 4:26:06 PM

wonder if this means they are also getting ready to do something with Peppers, maybe for a corner and picks

Posted by: panthers24 | Mar 11, 2009 4:28:40 PM


Don't let the door hit you on the way out...and get out of town before I see you crossing the street in front of me.

Posted by: shad | Mar 11, 2009 4:34:50 PM

Maybe Peppers can play cornerback!

Posted by: ML | Mar 11, 2009 4:46:29 PM

I do wish him well, but I think this is a good move. He made me nervous on big plays.

Posted by: slinky | Mar 11, 2009 4:51:20 PM

Send Gamble with him.

Posted by: lakemed | Mar 11, 2009 4:51:55 PM

You guys must be smoking crack. Ken Lucas was garbage!!!! He was good the couple of years being here but the last 2 he couldnt "cover" his nose to sneeze!!!!

Posted by: bigdaddy | Mar 11, 2009 4:52:46 PM

Could this be the beginning of acquiring Torry Holt?

Posted by: marc | Mar 11, 2009 4:52:50 PM

Send Gamble with him.

Posted by: lakemed | Mar 11, 2009 4:52:55 PM

if he hadn't been checking out dudes in the locker room he might not of got punched.

Posted by: inside info | Mar 11, 2009 4:56:47 PM

maybe we can bring back Doug "burnt toast" Evans, or maybe Eric "which way did he go?" Davis

Posted by: Mike | Mar 11, 2009 4:58:42 PM

Classy guy and we lose a good influence on the team but....he got burned all the time. Does anyone remember the last Tampa Bay game?

Posted by: h-bomb | Mar 11, 2009 5:00:05 PM

lets get shawn springs since washington cut him. He is 100% better than lucas.

Posted by: Creighton Sloan | Mar 11, 2009 5:08:21 PM

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