Cornerback Ken Lucas, who was released on Wednesday.* (PHOTO: ANDREW MASON / PANTHERS.COM)**
CHARLOTTE -- The Carolina Panthers announced Wednesday that cornerback Ken Lucas has been released.
Lucas played four years with the Panthers, starting 49 of 50 games and recording 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."
Prior to signing with Carolina, Lucas played four seasons with Seattle after the Seahawks selected him in the second round of the 2001 NFL draft following his college career at the University of Mississippi.