Thomas Davis Says The Panthers Won’t Bring Him Back In 2019
Veteran linebacker Thomas Davis announced he and the Carolina Panthers have parted ways. Davis says he got word on Monday that the team is going in a different direction. He made the announcement Wednesday night, in a two and a half minute video on Twitter.
Kelly Davis – Thomas’ wife and Defending Dreams Foundation Executive Director, joins Morgan Fogarty along with WCCB Sports anchor Kelli Bartic, Matt Harris and Tone-X in the WCCB News Edge studio and discuss the situation.
“Carolina will always be a home for me and my family, but I’m not retiring. I feel like I have way too much football in me to walk away from the game right now, so I want to keep playing, I’m gonna keep playing. Hopefully, someone is gonna give me that opportunity,” Davis said in his video. “Panther Nation, just know in no way did I imagine putting on another uniform. Still to this day don’t want to do it, but I wanna play football.”
Davis has played for the Panthers his entire career after drafting him in the first round in 2005. Between 2009 and 2011, Davis overcame three ACL tears in the same knee, becoming the first NFL player to do so. Davis would miss only 2 games over the next 4 seasons and would average over 100 tackles a season. He was named first-teamAll-Pro in 2015. That year, the Panthers went to Super Bowl 50, but Davis broke his arm during the NFC Championship game. Davis vowed to play in the Super Bowl and he did, recording 7 tackles.