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Panthers release veteran receiver

Feb. 25, 2005 at 7:44 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Feb. 25 (UPI) -- The Carolina Panthers, unable to reach a long-term deal with Muhsin Muhammad, released the veteran wide receiver Friday.

Muhammad would have received a $10 million bonus if he had been on the roster March 1. The Panthers had hoped to restructure Muhammad's contract, but when he declined they made him a free agent.

"The efforts to get a contract extension on Muhsin were unsuccessful, and we have decided to release him," General Manager Marty Hurney said. "Muhsin has been a valuable member of our team and we appreciate everything he has done for the Panthers."

Muhammad has spent his entire nine-year NFL career with the Panthers. He is the franchise leader in catches (578) and receiving yards (7,751).