Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Panthers LB Davis to retire after 2018

Panthers LB Davis to retire after 2018

Carolina Panthers outside linebacker Thomas Davis has played all 13 of his National Football League seasons with the franchise that drafted him in the first round back in 2005.

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But he also admitted this week to playing with a rib injury for much of the season.

Davis joined the Panthers as a first-round pick in 2005 and made one start as a rookie before moving up the depth chart in his second year.

Last offseason, Davis got a one-year extension that runs through the 2018 season.

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He also has only missed three games in the last six seasons, following his third ACL fix.

In an interview with, Davis said he will hang up his cleats to spend more time with family.

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.

Davis, who turns 35 in March, was named to the Pro Bowl in 2015 and 2016, and was a first-team All-Pro selection in 2015.

He finished 2017 with 76 tackles (five for loss), 2.5 sacks and seven QB hits. 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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