Saturday, 20 January, 2018

LB Davis announces retirement following 2018 season

Thomas Davis: 2018 will be my last season Report | Thomas Davis to retire after 2018 season
Shannon Reynolds | 13 January, 2018, 04:49

Davis, who will turn 35 in March, is Carolina's all-time leading tackler with 1,015.

Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis will not retire this offseason, but the 2018 season "will definitely be my last year", the 34-year-old told NFL Media.

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

"For me, it was a no-brainer", Davis said. "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'".

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During the team's locker cleanout last week after a wild-card loss to the New Orleans Saints, Davis said he expects to play a "reduced role" on defense in 2018. On Friday, Davis told the NFL Network's Brooke Cersosimo that 2018, his 14th season, would be his last. He was also named the Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2014, and he made the Pro Bowl in 2015 and 2016. Sandwiched around that honour were All-Pro honours in 2013 and 2015.

Davis has 13 interceptions and 18 forced fumbles in his career, and he'll be hard to replace for Carolina after the 2018 season.

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

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