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Thomas Davis | Linebacker

Team: Carolina Panthers
Age / DOB:  (31) / 3/22/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 235
College: Georgia
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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. Feb 24 - 2:52 PM

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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.
Feb 21 - 3:39 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

Panthers WLB Thomas Davis (knee, calf) hasn't been ruled out for Week 1.

"If Thomas is feeling strong enough and we feel he’s made a strong enough recovery, we feel that he’ll play," coach Ron Rivera said. "He looks good right now." Attempting to become the first player in league history to come back from three ACL tears to the same knee, Davis missed a large chunk of camp with a calf injury, but saw his workload ramped up on Monday. If he's active, Davis' snaps figure to be limited early in the regular season. He's firmly behind rookie Luke Kuechly on the depth chart.
Tue, Aug 21, 2012 09:26:00 AM

Panthers WLB Thomas Davis (calf) returned to practice Wednesday.

Davis only ended up missing a week. More importantly, his thrice-repaired ACL appears to be holding up for now.
Thu, Aug 9, 2012 09:17:00 AM

Panthers WLB Thomas Davis is sidelined with a strained right calf.

Davis hasn't practiced since Sunday, but an MRI confirmed no damage to his surgically repaired right knee. Attempting to become the first player in NFL history to come back from three ACL tears to the same knee, Davis "could" return to practice next week.
Sat, Aug 4, 2012 01:51:00 PM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera believes WLB Thomas Davis' surgically-repaired knee is "fine."

"He’s on track and doing a lot of good things," Rivera said of Davis, who is attempting to come back from his third right ACL tear. Davis got the night off for the Panthers' first padded practice Monday, but has apparently otherwise been full-go. How Davis looks in the preseason will be all-important in determining his 2012 status.
Tue, Jul 31, 2012 09:48:00 AM

Panthers WLB Thomas Davis (ACL surgery) was held out of the team's recent three-day minicamp as a precaution.

Davis is attempting to come back from three separate ACL tears. He says he feels "good" and expects to be ready for training camp. Still, the Panthers can cut Davis without any cap hit if his knee acts up. First-round pick Luke Kuechly has been working with the starters at Davis' weak-side linebacker spot.
Wed, Jun 27, 2012 10:43:00 AM

Panthers LB Thomas Davis (ACL surgery) vows to be "ready to go" for the start of training camp.

"I'm pretty much there right now," said Davis. "We're just taking precautions." We expect the Panthers to limit his snaps early in camp, as his previous ACL tears may have been the result of trying to do too much too quickly. Davis is likely ticketed for a situational coverage role in 2012.
Thu, Jun 14, 2012 02:00:00 PM

Panthers LB Thomas Davis (ACL surgery) received a "very positive" report from specialist Dr. James Andrews this week.

Davis could graduate from individual drills to team sessions at next week's three-day minicamp. Attempting to become the first player in NFL history to return from a thrice-torn ACL, Davis is facing long odds to hold off first-rounder Luke Kuechly for the starting weak-side job.
Fri, Jun 8, 2012 09:54:00 AM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera is "pretty confident" WLB Thomas Davis (ACL surgery) and MLB Jon Beason (Achilles surgery) will be ready for the regular season.

"I think based on what I’ve seen, it’s just a matter of time before they’re 100 percent and on the football field," Rivera said. Neither player has been medically cleared yet. Beason is penciled in as Carolina's middle linebacker, while rookie Luke Kuechly will man the weak side. Rehabbing from his third right ACL tear, Davis is slated for a situational reserve role in 2012.
Sat, May 12, 2012 01:50:00 PM

Panthers WLB Thomas Davis (ACL surgery) expects to be ready for training camp.

Davis says his knee feels better than the past two surgeries. His optimism has become a right of spring, as this is his third ACL recovery in three years. He can make history by returning at a high level of play.
Thu, Mar 22, 2012 01:12:00 PM

Panthers WLB Thomas Davis waived an $8 million offseason roster bonus in order to stay with the team.

Davis was due over $10 million per a ridiculous contract Carolina gave him last offseason. He passed on the roster bonus and dropped his 2012 base salary from $2.25 million to $700,000. Davis is signed through 2015, but the Panthers essentially have annual options on each of the years in the deal. He's recovering from yet another right ACL surgery, the third of Davis' career.
Source: ESPN.com
Tue, Mar 13, 2012 02:31:00 PM

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