Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

National Football League reports Panthers' Thomas Davis to retire after 2018 season

National Football League reports Panthers' Thomas Davis to retire after 2018 season

The Carolina Panthers will have linebacker Thomas Davis for just one more season, as he has said he will retire following the 2018 campaign.

Davis missed all but nine games from 2009-2011 because he tore his ACL three times, but he has started all 78 games he has played over the past five seasons. Davis said on NFL Network. "Like, 'This is how long they want me here for.' This is how much time I have to dedicate to this organization to try to win a Super Bowl, and that's my mindset". In 13 seasons, Davis has 1,017 career tackles, 28.0 sacks, 13 interceptions and 18 forced fumbles.

A first-round pick out of Georgia in 2005, Davis has spent his whole career in Carolina. He was also named the Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2014, and he made the Pro Bowl in 2015 and 2016.


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.

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

Davis was suspended for one game late in the season for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Green Bay Packers receiver Davante Adams.

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