Panthers LB Thomas Davis Says 2018 Will Be His Last Year

Panthers LB Thomas Davis Says 2018 Will Be His Last Year

Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis has reportedly said that the 2018 year will be his final professional season, according to Brooke Cersosimo of the NFL Network. He said at the time the deal would allow him to retire as a member of the Panthers, who selected him in the first round of the 2005 draft. Davis told Cerosimo he expects his role to be minimized even more in 2018.

"This was a tough year for me", Davis said.

Davis has played 13 seasons in the National Football League since being selected No. 14 overall out of Georgia by the Panthers.

Before the 2017 campaign, Davis signed a one-year, $6.75 million extension, with $3 million guaranteed, which will expire in 2018.

A two-time Pro Bowler and Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2014, Davis will leave a lasting legacy on the Panthers organization.

He has 1,015 career tackles, 28 sacks, 13 interceptions, 18 forced fumbles and 9 fumble recoveries. Davis also helped the Panthers to a berth in Super Bowl 50, playing in the game less than two weeks after having surgery on a broken forearm suffered in the NFC Championship Game.

Davis has 13 interceptions and 18 forced fumbles in his career, and he'll be hard to replace for Carolina after the 2018 season.

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