Panthers' Thomas Davis to retire after 2018 season

Jose Verdugo
Enero 13, 2018

Linebacker Thomas Davis on Friday night announced the 2018 season will be his last.

It's hard to imagine the Carolina Panthers without Thomas Davis, but fans of the team might have to get used to that thought.

"Being in my 13th year, I'm pretty sure coming back next year that it will be in a reduced role", Davis said.

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Davis started all 15 regular-season games he played this past season, but his tackle total was down to 76, his lowest in a full season since his rookie year in 2005. He had four tackles in the Panthers' 31-26 loss to the Saints in the NFC Wild Card round of the playoffs last Saturday. "I had a huge setback early in the season with the rib injury that caused a lot of problems for me". I signed on for a one-year extension, and I want to complete that. "Dealing with a bunch of injuries and not being able to go out there and perform like I know I'm capable of performing until the last couple of weeks of the season".

According to Ian Rapoport of, Davis told a reporter that the 2018 season will be the final season of his career. A bit of a late bloomer, Davis did not make a Pro Bowl in any of his first 10 seasons but made back-to-back Pro Bowls in 2015 and 2016. He was the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2014, ranks seventh in Panthers franchise history with 13 interceptions and eighth in franchise history with 28 sacks.

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