Thomas Davis introduced Wednesday that he’ll signal a one-day contract to formally retire as a Carolina Panther.
Davis initially introduced his determination to retire in December earlier than his remaining regular-season recreation with the Washington Soccer Staff, which launched him earlier on Wednesday regardless that he was slated to develop into a free agent in two weeks.
“The time has lastly come and I would like to thank every considered one of you for supporting me alongside this journey. The Washington Soccer Staff 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,” Davis wrote on Instagram. By signing a sooner or later contract, I’ll retire from the @nfl as a Carolina Panther. @panthers thanks from the underside of my coronary heart for this chance.”
The NFL veteran spent 16 years within the league after being chosen No. 14 total by Carolina within the 2005 draft. He made three consecutive Professional Bowl appearances from 2015 to 2017 and was named First Staff All-Professional when the Panthers made their Tremendous Bowl run in 2015.
The linebacker stayed with the franchise from 2005-18, and set a commonplace for his capability to come again from harm. He is the one participant in NFL historical past to return after tearing his ACL in the identical knee thrice, which he notes on his cleats.
Davis nearly ended his profession in 2018, however determined to play a few extra years. He and the Panthers parted methods, and he joined the Los Angeles Chargers in 2019, beginning all 16 video games. Davis reunited with Ron Rivera this previous season when he signed with the WFT, however Davis solely performed seven video games.