Panthers release Lucas

Updated: March 11, 2009, 5:10 PM ET
Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Seven months after forgiving teammate Steve Smith for his nose-breaking sucker-punch, starting cornerback Ken Lucas was released by the Carolina Panthers in a salary-cap move Wednesday.

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," ...

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