Panthers LB Davis: 2018 to be last season

Jan 13, 2018, 06:49
Panthers LB Davis: 2018 to be last season

Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis says the 2018 National Football League season will be his last.

BC-FBN-Panthers-Davis Retirement, 242Carolina LB Davis announces retirement following 2018 seasonEds: APNewsNow. "I had a huge setback early in the season with the rib injury that caused a lot of problems for me".

On Friday, Davis told the NFL Network's Brooke Cersosimo that 2018, his 14th season, would be his last.

Davis' entire career has come with the Panthers organization. "They only wanted to sign me to a one-year extension".

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

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.

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 started all 15 regular-season games he played this past season, but his tackle total was down to 76, his lowest in a full season since his rookie year in 2005. He was named the Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2014 for his off-field work. In 13 seasons, Davis has 1,017 career tackles, 28.0 sacks, 13 interceptions and 18 forced fumbles.