Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis will not retire this offseason, but the 2018 season "will definitely be my last year", the 34-year-old told NFL Media. Davis reportedly will be in studio with the outlet this weekend.
He said Monday, after the Panthers lost an NFC wild-card game against the New Orleans Saints, that he planned to honor the final year of his contract but likely wouldn't be an every-down player as he has been. Backup Shaq Thompson will step into a larger role. I signed on for a one-year extension, and I want to complete that.
For me, I really can't see me playing past the 2018 season. "You just have be able to endure enough to come back from them".
It's hard to imagine the Carolina Panthers without Thomas Davis, but fans of the team might have to get used to that thought. He also came back from three ACL surgeries to be an All-Pro in 2013 and 2015.
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Davis has 13 interceptions and 18 forced fumbles in his career, and he'll be hard to replace for Carolina after the 2018 season.
He also has only missed three games in the last six seasons, following his third ACL fix. Before the 2017 campaign, Davis signed a one-year, $6.75 million extension, with $3 million guaranteed, which will expire in 2018.
Davis told NFL.com's Brooke Cersosimo of his plans, and the Panthers tweeted the following picture shortly thereafter.