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Panthers release cornerback Lucas

The Associated PressMarch 12, 2009 

The Carolina Panthers released starting cornerback Ken Lucas on Wednesday in a salary-cap move.

The decision clears about $2.3 million and comes after the Panthers failed to work out a trade for the veteran, who struggled late last season. Lucas vetoed a deal to the Detroit Lions last month.

"We had some teams approach us and we talked to some teams and nothing worked out," general manager Marty Hurney said. "We just thought this was the time to do this. ... Ken's been a very good starter for us for four years."

Lucas was signed away from Seattle to a six-year, $36 million deal in 2005. He started 49 of 50 games for Carolina and had 13 interceptions.

Lucas was also known for fierce, trash-talking one-on-one matchups with receiver Steve Smith in practice that boiled over in training camp last season when the Pro Bowl receiver punched Lucas in the face while Lucas was resting on one knee.

MORE FOOTBALL: The New England Patriots signed free-agent cornerbacks Shawn Springs and Leigh Bodden.

* The Cleveland Browns released wide receiver Joe Jurevicius, who missed last season after getting a staph infection in his right knee.

* The New York Jets signed former Patriots linebacker and special teams standout Larry Izzo on Wednesday.

* Safety Reed Doughty has re-signed with the Washington Redskins.

* The Philadelphia Eagles signed safety Rashad Baker to a one-year contract, adding another defensive back to a revamped secondary. He spent the last two seasons with Oakland.

* Former NFL coaches Dennis Green, Jim Fassel and Jim Haslett will lead teams in the new United Football League. The league plans to debut in October with four teams in San Francisco, Las Vegas, Orlando and New York.

* Former NFL player-turned-actor Brian Bosworth has been charged with drunken driving after being arrested in Hollywood last Friday.

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