Thomas Davis Will Retire After 2018

Panthers’ Thomas Davis to retire after 2018 season	 	 	 			Thomas Davis

Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis jokes at times that he's a "lifer" in Charlotte, and based on a report from NFL Media on Friday, he will end up as one.

During training camp, Davis signed a one-year extension through the 2018 season with the intention of it being his last. He said he had been seeking an extension through 2019. They selected him with the 14th-overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft out of the University of Georgia, and while he moved into a full-time role in just his second season in the league, he was not named to the Pro Bowl until 2015.

"This was a tough year for me", Davis said. As a player, you want to play, you want to honor your contract, and for me, it was a no-brainer. He overcame a trio of torn ACLs in his right knee to play 93 games over the last six seasons, earning Pro Bowl honors in 2015 and 2016.

In 13 seasons, Davis has 1,017 career tackles, 28.0 sacks, 13 interceptions and 18 forced fumbles.

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Davis told Cerosimo he expects his role to be minimized even more in 2018.

Davis' entire career has come with the Panthers organization.

Davis played in and started 15 games this season, only missing Carolina's December 24 game against Tampa Bay while serving a suspension for an illegal hit in the previous week's game.

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