Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis is retiring after the 2018 season

Cheryl Sanders
January 13, 2018

Linebacker Thomas Davis on Friday night announced the 2018 season will be his last.

Davis' entire career has come with the Panthers organization.

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

Davis told Brooke Cersosimo of NFL Media that 2018 will be his final season as an NFL player. He said he had been seeking an extension through 2019.

"For me, the decision was made when I signed the contract extension". "Shaq (Thompson) has definitely earned the right, and when you look at (David) Mayo, he's coming along", Davis said on the Panthers' website".

Davis was drafted 14th overall in the 2005 NFL Draft out of Georgia after an All-American career with the Bulldogs. He's seventh in team history with 13 career interceptions and eighth with 28 sacks.

Davis is a two-time Pro Bowler and the 2014-15 Walter Payton Man of the Year. Sandwiched around that honor were All-Pro honors in 2013 and 2015.

The Panthers were eliminated from postseason play by the New Orleans Saints this year, but they have a squad that could return to the playoffs next year.

Davis was suspended for one game late in the season for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Green Bay Packers receiver Davante Adams.

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