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Panthers release their career receptions leader
Posted: Thursday April 01, 1999 07:47 PM
Carrier, 33, had 176 receptions for 2,547 yards with the Panthers, but only 19 for 301 yards last year.
"Mark's a player who has obviously meant a lot to the Carolina Panthers during the team's first four seasons," coach George Seifert said. "Mark will always be held in high esteem by everyone in the Panthers organization, but we feel that we have a good group of young receivers who need to develop."
That group is headed by Muhsin Muhammad, a second-round draft pick in 1996, and Rae Carruth, the Panthers' top selection in the 1997 draft. Both have shown promise early in their NFL careers when not sidelined by injuries.
The Panthers, who lost free-agent wide receiver Raghib Ismail to the Dallas Cowboys last week, also are pleased with the progress of two wideouts they drafted last year. Donald Hayes, a fourth-round selection, and Jim Turner, a seventh-round pick, both were sidelined by injuries for extended periods in 1998 but looked solid when healthy.
Also Thursday, the Panthers re-signed unrestricted free-agent cornerback Steve Lofton, who had been claimed off waivers from New England midway through the 1998 season and started seven games for Carolina.
The Panthers also waived linebacker Ray Farmer, who failed a physical.
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