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Thomas Davis | Linebacker | #58

Team: Carolina Panthers
Age / DOB:  (34) / 3/22/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 235
College: Georgia
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 1 (14) / CAR
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Panthers signed WLB Thomas Davis to a one-year, $6.75 million extension through 2018.
The deal guarantees $2 million of Davis' 2017 salary, and guarantees another $1 million in 2018. It's designed to have 34-year-old Davis retire as a Panther. It was surely driven by owner Jerry Richardson, who adores Thomas. Ex-GM Dave Gettleman seemed unwilling to play ball on a Davis extension. It's believed to be part of the reason he was fired. Despite his ancient age, Davis remained a useful, if non-impact, player in 2017. He's still a snap hog. Aug 15 - 4:26 PM

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Contract-year WLB Thomas Davis doesn't believe he contributed to ex-GM David Gettleman's firing.

Davis says the sides were having talks, and they were "going well." There's been a perception that vets seeking extensions like Davis and Greg Olsen were the driving force behind Gettleman's firing, something Michael Oher obliquely referenced in a Tuesday social media post. Davis insists that isn't the case. "I think that's an unfair statement," Davis said. Regardless of his role in Gettleman's ouster, Davis' odds of landing his desired extension have greatly increased.
Jul 18 - 2:37 PM

The Charlotte Observer's Joe Person reports Panthers GM Dave Gettleman's "first order of business" is getting an extension done with walk-year LB Thomas Davis.

That is even with Greg Olsen throwing around the idea of a holdout. Davis has said he hopes to get an extension done before training camp, and it sounds like the front office is on the same page. It is somewhat surprising considering Davis turned 34 in March and Gettleman has been willing to let veterans and even franchise cornerstones walk during his tenure, most notably Steve Smith. If the two sides get something done, it should be a short extension with little guaranteed money.
Jul 17 - 9:09 AM

Panthers contract-year WLB Thomas Davis hopes to land an extension before training camp.

He joins Greg Olsen as Panthers veterans looking for more money. GM Dave Gettleman has been notoriously stingy with paying veterans in his time running the show, so this will be an interesting summer for him. Olsen has already hinted he'd consider a holdout. Davis turned 34 in March and probably doesn't have a whole lot left to give beyond 2017. He wouldn't require a major commitment.
Source: WFNZ
Jun 30 - 8:59 AM

Panthers DC Steve Wilks said he wants to limit WLB Thomas Davis' snaps this season.

"With Thomas Davis getting up there in age and years, we've got to cut down on his reps," Wilks said. "So there will be times where Shaq (Thompson) is going to be in, and we're going to try to relieve Thomas to give him some rest." Thompson was selected in the 2015 first round to take some of the load off and eventually replace Davis, but the 34-year-old has played over 1,000 snaps each of the last two seasons. That number could come down slightly, but the Panthers are better with Davis on the field. If they want to get Thompson more snaps, they need to find another way to do it.
May 16 - 10:12 AM

Panthers WLB Thomas Davis said he has no plans to retire.

"My plan is to finish out my contractual obligations," Davis said. The linebacker is under contract through 2017, suggesting next year could be his last. Davis will turn 34 in March, but he remained an above-average linebacker this season. With Luke Kuechly hopefully coming back healthy next season, the Panthers should once again have an elite linebacking unit.
Source: ESPN
Thu, Dec 29, 2016 01:00:00 PM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera "feels good" about LB Thomas Davis' (hamstring, questionable) and DE Charles Johnson's (quad, questionable) chances of playing Week 5 against the Bucs.

Both were able to get in a full practice Saturday. With the offense missing Cam Newton and Jonathan Stewart, the defense will have to stand tall on Monday night.
Sat, Oct 8, 2016 01:30:00 PM

Panthers WLB Thomas Davis (hamstring) expects to be "fine."

Davis left in the second half of Sunday's blowout loss, but was listed as "doubtful," suggesting there was at least a theoretical chance he could return. Davis has actually been very durable over the past four seasons, and has an extra day to get healthy for Week 5 with the Panthers playing on Monday night.
Mon, Oct 3, 2016 01:09:00 PM

Panthers WLB Thomas Davis was forced from Sunday's game against the Falcons with a left hamstring injury.

Davis is officially "doubtful," but he won't return in what's shaping up as a blowout loss. Famous for his ACL issues, Davis has missed only two games over the past four seasons, but will be no better than 50-50 for Week 5.
Sun, Oct 2, 2016 03:18:00 PM

Panthers WLB Thomas Davis (broken arm) is participating in voluntary workouts.

Davis has resumed lifting weights. Amazingly, he played through the injury in the Super Bowl, but it's not something he would have done under normal circumstances. Now 33, Davis remains one of the league's better linebackers. It's quite a success story after most of Davis' 2009-11 was washed out by injury.
Source: ESPN.com
Mon, Apr 25, 2016 03:30:00 PM

Athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion doesn't expect Panthers WLB Thomas Davis (arm) to be limited in Sunday's Super Bowl against the Broncos.

"The biggest challenge for him right now is, what's it going to feel like to take a blow on it," said Vermillion. "The nice thing is, wrist motion is going to be there, elbow motion is going to be there, and his grip is there." Davis has made a miraculous recovery from a broken arm and should play his usual snaps on Sunday. He shouldn't need any more surgery after having a six-inch plate installed during the bye week.
Source: NFL.com
Sun, Feb 7, 2016 10:18:00 AM

Panthers WLB Thomas Davis (arm) is listed as probable for the Super Bowl.

Coach Ron Rivera already confirmed Davis will start. Despite being just two weeks removed from surgery, Davis should play his normal snaps.
Fri, Feb 5, 2016 05:19:00 PM

Coach Ron Rivera confirmed WLB Thomas Davis (arm) will start and play in Sunday's Super Bowl against the Broncos.

Davis broke his arm in the NFC Championship game against the Cardinals, but quickly had surgery to stabilize the injury. At 33 years old (next month), Davis has been determined to play in the big game, as he may never make it back.
Fri, Feb 5, 2016 12:43:00 PM

Panthers WLB Thomas Davis (broken arm) is practicing fully this week.

Davis was held out of practice last week. His status hasn't been in doubt despite having surgery after the NFC title game. Barring a setback, Davis will be ready for the Super Bowl.
Wed, Feb 3, 2016 07:14:00 PM

Panthers WLB Thomas Davis (broken arm) practiced Monday.

It was just a light practice, but Davis said he "really felt good" just a week after undergoing surgery to repair a broken arm. "I haven’t tried anything that I can’t do yet, but if I get to something, I’ll definitely let you know," Davis said. "But right now, I’m able to do everything." Davis has been adamant he will play in the Super Bowl. It would be shocking if he is not ready to go.
Tue, Feb 2, 2016 09:15:00 AM

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