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Saturday, March 14, 2009

Lucas Released - Marshall Expected to Start?

The team was apparently unable to find another suitor in trade for Lucas after the Detroit trade failed. Lucas' inability to restructure or reduce his salary to work with another team (or, potentially, Carolina, either) probably played a part, and his declining play didn't help.But Lucas is a talented corner, and will land somewhere. At a lower price, Carolina would certainly take him back. The team parts with Lucas in a bittersweet fashion - he was a top notch starter through most of his four years, only having fallen off in the second half of the year. He was a near-Pro Bowl player through much of that time, being our best corner for

Marshall To Start?

Officially, in the wake of the Ken Lucas cut, Richard Marshall is considered the starter
The theoretical elevation of fourth-year player Marshall creates a continued youth movement in the secondary - a unit that was highly experienced in 2005-07. Second-year Charles Godfrey will be behind himat free safety, and as it currently stands, CJ Wilson would be the nickel back.

Wilson, drafted in 2007 as a cheap alternative of what Godfrey became, was a college corner who moved to FS in his rookie year and washed out; last year he played corner and excelled in preseason but wasn't required to play from scrimmage much. (Hurney quotes regarding competition, etc)

The team could also choose to pickup a veteran over time. High profile options Shawn Springs and Leigh Bodden both went to the Patriots recently. Dre Bly gets a lot of mention because he's a fairly high profile former UNC Tarheel, but he's not more than a nickel. That maybe all the team requires, however, if they're good with Marshall starting. A potential push for Marshall would be more likely to come from the draft. (is it a good year for CBs in draft?)
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