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Thomas Davis | Linebacker

Team: Carolina Panthers
Age / DOB:  (32) / 3/22/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 235
College: Georgia
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Panthers signed SLB Thomas Davis to a two-year extension through 2017.
Davis will earn $18 million over the next three seasons. The deal should allow the 32-year-old to retire with Carolina. Davis was PFF's fifth-highest rated 4-3 outside linebacker last season. The Panthers have one of the strongest linebacker groups in the league with Luke Kuechly clogging the middle and first-round pick Shaq Thompson joining the crew at weak-side 'backer. Jun 15 - 2:44 PM

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ESPN Panthers reporter David Newton believes SLB Thomas Davis could sign a multi-year extension prior to training camp.

Even if no deal gets done by camp, Newton does not "foresee any issues getting it done" and believes the deal will be for 2-3 years. Despite turning 32 in March, Davis played at a high level last season and has shown no signs of wearing down. With Luke Kuechly manning the middle and rookie Shaq Thompson on the weak side, Carolina will field one of the most formidable linebacker corps in the league, and quite probably the fastest.
Source: ESPN.com
May 23 - 9:02 AM

ESPN Panthers reporter David Newton said SLB Thomas Davis wants to retire a Panther.

The Carolina front office feels the same. Davis recently said extension talks are ongoing, but he believes a deal will "eventually get done." The 32-year-old linebacker has shown no signs of slowing down. A 1-2 year extension makes sense for both sides.
Source: ESPN.com
May 16 - 9:05 AM

SLB Thomas Davis said contract extension talks with the Panthers are ongoing.

Davis is 32 years old and the Panthers drafted his eventual replacement, Shaq Thompson, in the first round. Despite this, Davis is confident a deal will "eventually get done." A 1-2 year extension makes sense as he continues to play at a high level next to stud MLB Luke Kuechly. "It’s a work in progress. It’s something that both sides are working on, trying to get it done. We’re in a good place right now," Davis said.
May 14 - 10:09 AM

When asked if adding Shaq Thompson will affect Thomas Davis' Panthers future, GM Dave Gettleman said "absolutely not."

The Panthers drafted a Davis clone in Thompson at the 25th pick. But instead of choosing one over the other, Carolina envisions Thompson and Davis teaming up to create one of the fastest linebacking groups in the league. Along with Luke Kuechly, the Panthers can wreak havoc on opposing tight ends now that they have three linebackers who are all strong in coverage.
May 1 - 8:25 AM

Panthers SLB Thomas Davis confirms he and the team are working on a contract extension.

Davis' contract is set to expire after this season. He's currently scheduled to count $9.9 million against the cap. Davis, 32, has already said he'll only play for the Panthers after they stuck by him through his thrice-torn ACL. He's rebounded well, grading out as PFF's No. 5-ranked 4-3 outside linebacker in 2014.
Apr 17 - 9:36 AM

The Charlotte Observer expects SLB Thomas Davis to receive a contract extension this offseason.

With Greg Olsen's contract done, Davis is next in line for an extension. Scheduled to count $9.9 million against the salary cap in the final year of his deal, an extension could lower Davis' cap number and give the nearly 32-year-old linebacker some security. Davis has been stellar the last three seasons after a series of knee injuries limited him to nine appearances from 2009-11.
Mar 7 - 1:56 PM

Thomas Davis expects the Panthers to address his contract this offseason.

Going into the final year of his deal, Davis will make $7.25 million, and count $10.066 million against the cap. Amazingly, Davis has now appeared in at least 15 games each of the past three years after continual ACL woes limited him to nine total appearances between 2009-11. Not only that, he's played at a high level. With Davis going on 32, a 1-2 year extension could be in order.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 27 - 3:36 PM

Thomas Davis (hip, hamstring) is listed as questionable on the Panthers' injury report.

Davis missed Wednesday's practice, but was a limited participant on Thursday and Friday. He is shaping up as a game-time decision. Chase Blackburn would start on the strong side if Davis cannot go.
Sat, Sep 27, 2014 11:03:00 AM

Panthers SLB Thomas Davis is dealing with an undisclosed injury, and won't be re-evaluated until Friday.

Coach Ron Rivera declined to say what Davis hurt in Sunday's loss, but did allow that it wasn't his three-times repaired ACL. Since he's not practicing this week, Davis can be all but ruled out for Week 4. At the latest, we'll learn his injury when the Panthers put out their first Week 4 report on Wednesday.
Mon, Sep 22, 2014 01:37:00 PM

Panthers SLB Thomas Davis' restructured contract includes three "voidable years" in 2016-18.

The recent exercise of Davis' 2014-15 team options included a $5 million signing bonus. For cap purposes, that can now be stretched out over 2016-18. The move cleared more than $3 million in 2014 cap space.
Mon, Feb 24, 2014 02:52:00 PM

Panthers exercised SLB Thomas Davis' 2014-15 team options.

That includes Davis' $2.5 million option bonus for 2014. Between salary and bonuses, he'll make $5.25 million. Three torn ACLs limited Davis to just nine total appearances between 2009-11, but he started all 16 games last season, racking up 123 tackles, four sacks and two picks. His comeback has been nothing short of incredible. Davis graded out as the No. 3 4-3 outside linebacker in Pro Football Focus' ratings last season. He turns 31 in March.
Fri, Feb 21, 2014 03:39:00 PM

Panthers SLB Thomas Davis said he actually feels healthier now than when he first blew out his knee in 2009.

Davis' 2009 ACL tear was the first of three he would suffer in a two-year span. But after sustaining health throughout his 105-tackle 2012 season, he finally feels back to 100 percent. With Luke Kuechly in the middle and Jon Beason on the weak side, this Panthers' linebacking unit has a chance to be a difference-maker.
Thu, Jul 18, 2013 09:01:00 AM

The Panthers are pleased with WLB Thomas Davis' transition to the strong-side.

The local media had ticketed Davis for the weak-side with Jon Beason manning the strong-side, but that apparently won't be the case. "He's adjusting very well to playing on the strong side," said LBs coach Al Holcomb. "He's picking up the checks, he's communicating more. ... He has exceptional ability for the position, in terms of his movement and his ability to close on the football." Davis successfully returned from the third torn right ACL of his career last season, but was hit-and-miss across 15 games. Davis turned 30 in March.
Wed, Jun 26, 2013 05:49:00 PM

Panthers WLB Thomas Davis (ACL surgeries) made his preseason debut Sunday night against the Jets, playing primarily in nickel packages.

He registered a first-quarter sack of Mark Sanchez, and is on track to be the first player in league history to return from three ACL tears in the same knee. Davis won't be a starter, but he should be able to cover tight ends and blitz in the nickel on occasion. On early downs, he'll play behind Luke Kuechly.
Source: ESPN.com
Mon, Aug 27, 2012 01:24:00 AM

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