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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Lucas Trade Nixed; Kemoeatu, Lewis extended

Carolina, as previously rumored by Pat Yasinskas, attempted to trade CB Ken Lucas. The trade, now known by's Adam Schefter, was withthe Lions, and was vetoed by Lucas. It's uncertain what the terms of the trade could've been. It's certainly uncertain why the team chose to stop the trade based on Lucas' ishes - he has no real say in the matter. The Lions would've gotten Lucas for only one year unless extended, which may have been what killed the deal. Not coming to terms with the new team can be cause for atrade to be canceled. Carolina can save $2.53 million by doing so, or could save a similar amount by restructuring his contract.

Maake Kemoeatu and Damione Lewis were given extensions this week, theteam announced. Both starting tackles were due to expire after 2010;both were extended through 2014. Lewis took a direct paycut, dropping $1 mil in salary, and rescinded a $2.5 million roster bonus to push that money through the new years of the contract. Kemoeatu dropped his base salary from $3.9 million to $2.0 million, and spread $2 million throughout the length of the contract for savings of $1.58 million this year. The team also gained $4 million under the cap when the league announced the new cap would increase from $123 million to $127 million, in aprovision intended to raise the league minimum spending cap.
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