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Dolphins release Ray Lucas
Davie, FL (Sports Network) - The Miami Dolphins have terminated the contract
of quarterback Ray Lucas. Lucas, a seven-year veteran, spent the last two
seasons with Miami after a four-year stint with the New York Jets.
He played in seven games last season for the Dolphins, including six starts,
and completed 92-of-160 passes for 1,045 yards, with four touchdowns and six
"Ray came to me and asked that we resolve his status as quickly as possible,"
said Dolphins head coach Dave Wannstedt. "Because of the respect that we have
for him, we wanted to accommodate that request, and that is why we made this
move today. I met with Ray, thanked him for his contributions to the Dolphins,
and wished him the best of success in the future.
"We still feel that Ray can be productive in this league, but we believe this
move is in everyone’s best interest. This gives him time to try to start
working as soon as possible with whatever team he winds up with, rather than
coming on board in June.
"Without mentioning any specific names, we feel there are some quality veteran
quarterbacks who can help this football team, and we’re confident that we will
be able to add a quarterback like that to our roster before the start of
Lucas was pushed into the starter's role during the 2002 campaign when Jay
Fiedler went down with a broken right thumb. Lucas had a dismal outing in a
loss to Buffalo on October 20, throwing four interceptions in his first NFL
start since 1999, when he was with the Jets.
The move comes on the same day that Miami agreed to terms with 12 college free
agents, including quarterbacks Josh Blankenship and Lon Sheriff.
04/28 18:58:57 ET
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