Thomas Davis to retire after 2018 season

Elias Hubbard
January 13, 2018

The 2018 season will be the last for Carolina Panthers outside linebacker Thomas Davis. Davis said he had hoped for a two-year extension at the time, but the team preferred just one year.

"This was a tough year for me", Davis said.

Davis told Brooke Cersosimo of NFL Media he will step away from the game after the 2018 season. "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 the Super Bowl'".

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.

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.

Through 12 seasons, Davis is the Panthers' all-time leading tackler with 1,163. He's seventh in team history with 13 career interceptions and eighth with 28 sacks.

After the Panthers lost to the New Orleans Saints in the playoffs last weekend, Davis said he expects to have a reduced role in 2018 as Shaq Thompson gets more time.

At age 34, Davis has suffered some severe injuries during his career, but has been relatively healthy so far in 2017.

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