Washington releases All-Professional linebacker Thomas Davis, who will signal a one-day contract to retire with Panthers


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Thomas Davis introduced in December that the 2020 season could be his final. On Wednesday, the Washington Soccer Group launched Davis in order that he may retire as a member of the Carolina Panthers, his crew for 13 of his 16 NFL seasons. 

“The time has lastly come and I need to thank each one in every of you for supporting me alongside this journey,” Thomas wrote by way of Instagram. “The Washington Soccer Group has agreed to launch me in order that on March eleventh, I’ll formally be returning to the place that my coronary heart has been all alongside. By signing a in the future contract, I’ll retire from the NFL as a Carolina Panther. Panthers, thanks from the underside of my coronary heart for this chance.” 

The 14th general decide within the 2005 draft, Davis spent the primary 13 years of his profession with the Carolina Panthers. Throughout his time in Carolina, Davis earned every of his three Professional Bowl picks, an All-Professional nod in 2015 and was the 2014 Walter Payton Man of the Yr. With Davis on the roster, the Panthers gained 5 division titles, together with three straight from 2013-15. In 2015, the Panthers posted a 15-1 common season file en path to the franchise’s second Tremendous Bowl look. That season, Davis tallied 105 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 4 interceptions, 4 pressured fumbles and 7 passes defensed. 

Davis spent the 2019 season with the Chargers earlier than he was reunited with former Panthers coach Ron Rivera in Washington. In seven video games, Davis recorded simply six tackles. Whereas he statistically didn’t present a lot worth, Davis offered veteran management for a younger Washington crew that gained its first division title since 2015. 



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