Carolina Panthers OLB Thomas Davis announced last night via Twitter that the Panthers will not be bringing him back for the 2019 season
“Carolina is going to always be home for me and my family, but I’m not retiring,” said Davis, selected by Carolina out of Georgia with the 14th pick of the 2005 draft. “I feel like I have way too much football left in me to walk away from the game right now, so I want to keep playing. I’m going to keep playing.
Davis in 2012 became the first player in NFL history to successfully return from ACL surgery three times to the same knee (right). From 2012 to 2016 he played some of the best football of his career, topping 100 tackles each time and making the Pro Bowl from 2015 to 2017.
“It’s not a decision I wanted to make, but it’s a decision I had to make,” Davis said. “I’m looking forward to this season and getting back out and showing and proving that Thomas Davis still can do it. I’ve still got a lot left. It’s going to be exciting, man. As tough as it is to say that, I’m really looking forward to it.”
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