Thomas Davis says 2018 will be his last season

Thomas Davis says 2018 will be his last season

Thomas Davis says 2018 will be his last season

Carolina Panthers LB Thomas Davis has made it to two Pro Bowls since joining the National Football League in 2005, but the former Georgia star is nearing the end of his career.

"For me, the decision was made when I signed the contract extension".

Davis told the outlet's Brooke Cersosimo that 2018 will be his final season as an NFL player, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, who tweeted the news on Friday afternoon. I signed on for a one-year extension, and I want to complete that. "Like, 'This is how long they want me here for, this is how much time I have to dedicate to this organization to try to win the Super Bowl'".

He finished 2017 with 76 tackles (five for loss), 2.5 sacks and seven QB hits. He said at the time the deal would allow him to retire as a member of the Panthers, who selected him in the first round of the 2005 draft.

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In 13 seasons, Davis has 1,017 career tackles, 28.0 sacks, 13 interceptions and 18 forced fumbles.

In 2014, Davis was named the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year.

After the Panthers lost to the New Orleans Saints in the playoffs last weekend, Davis said he expects to have a reduced role in 2018 as Shaq Thompson gets more time. He also came back from three ACL surgeries to be an All-Pro in 2013 and 2015.

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