National Football League reports Panthers' Thomas Davis to retire after 2018 season


Thomas Davis will play in 2018, but the expectation is that it'll be his last season. I signed on for a one-year extension, and I want to complete that. Davis also helped the Panthers to a berth in Super Bowl 50, playing in the game less than two weeks after having surgery on a broken forearm suffered in the NFC Championship Game.

Davis confirmed his decision during an appearance on NFL Network on Friday.

His career has been one of persevering through injuries, having been the first player in league history to recover from three ACL tears.

He also has only missed three games in the last six seasons, following his third ACL fix.

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Davis, 34, told's Brooke Cersosimo that he plans to retire after the 2018 season with the Panthers, and he's spent his entire 13-year career with the franchise.

He finished 2017 with 76 tackles (five for loss), 2.5 sacks and seven QB hits.

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. A bit of a late bloomer, Davis did not make a Pro Bowl in any of his first 10 seasons but made back-to-back Pro Bowls in 2015 and 2016.