Three-time Pro Bowl linebacker Thomas Davis will end his NFL career where it started in 2005.
Davis, 37, declared Wednesday on Instagram he will sign a one-day contract with the Carolina Panthers on March 11 so he can resign with the club. He was delivered by the Washington Football Team prior in the day.
“I will officially be returning to the place my heart has been all along,” Davis wrote on Instagram. “[Panthers] thank you from the bottom of my heart for this opportunity.”
Davis played his initial 14 seasons with Carolina subsequent to being chosen with the fourteenth pick of the 2005 NFL draft out of Georgia. He was delivered following the 2018 season, at that point went through 2019 with the Los Angeles Chargers and 2020 with previous Panthers mentor Ron Rivera at Washington.
At Carolina, Davis became the first player in NFL history to overcome ACL surgery on the same knee (right) three times. Every one of the three of his Pro Bowl appearances came after the third surgery. He additionally won the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award in 2014.
Davis, considered the heart and soul of the defense during Carolina’s 2015 run to Super Bowl 50, played the title game fourteen days subsequent to breaking his arm in the NFC Championship Game. He had seven tackles in a 24-10 misfortune to the Denver Broncos.
He remains Carolina’s record-breaking leader in tackles with 789, in front of previous colleague Luke Kuechly with 690.
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