Thomas Davis is a 34 year-old linebacker who has been in the game for some time. Carolina Panthers recently announced that they would be extending Davis’s contract for one year through the 2018 season. This would have been Davis’s last season as he was entering the final year of his contract.
Davis signed his previous contract in 2015 and had planned to play in Carolina for the entirety of his career. With his new contract, that dream may very well come true as it ensures that he will play with Panthers for the foreseeable future.
According to NFL Network Insider, the extension is worth $6.75 million. The Panthers released a statement from Davis which said “I’m extremely excited. Everybody knows how I feel about being a Carolina Panther,” Davis said in a statement released by the team. “This extension solidifies me being here for the rest of my career, and I’m excited about that. Now it’s totally focused on winning a Super Bowl.”
Davis has had a whirlwind of a career. He has overcome three ACL injuries and even played through a broken arm during the Super Bowl in 2015. Davis recognised as one of the fastest sideline to sideline linebackers in the NFL. He goes in for tackles and has racked up at least 100 tackles each of the last five seasons. He also owns the franchise record with 1,086 career tackles in Carolina.
The linebackers coach Al Holcomb released a statement that said “Thomas is still playing fast and at a high level, and the intensity and passion that he brings to the game is unmatched,” linebackers coach Al Holcomb said. “He is the ultimate leader, and to continue to have a player and a man of his magnitude on our team is extremely important. I’m excited for Thomas, his family and our organization.”
Now that the Panthers have Davis’s deal set in stone, they will be turning their attentions to getting other players locked down, including Greg Olsen.