Panthers release top CB Lucas
The Carolina Panthers released starting cornerback Ken Lucas
The move clears out about $2.3 million in salary-cap space
The Panthers tried to work out a trade, but Lucas vetoed a deal with Detroit
The Panthers had been trying to work out a trade for the veteran, but Lucas vetoed a deal to the Detroit Lions last month and the Panthers on Wednesday cut him loose after he struggled late last season.
The Panthers signed Lucas to a six-year, $36 million free-agent deal in 2005 and he started 49 of 50 games with 13 interceptions. But Lucas was burned on several occasions, and the Panthers appear poised to promote No. 3 cornerback Richard Marshall to the starting job opposite Chris Gamble.
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