Charlotte, North Carolina-Three-time Pro Bowl guard Thomas Davis will end his NFL career starting in 2005.
Davis, 37, announced on Instagram on Wednesday that he will sign a one-day contract with the Carolina Panthers on March 11 so that he can retire at the club. Earlier in the day, he was released by the Washington football team.
Davis wrote on Instagram: “I will officially return to the place I have always wanted.”[Panthers] Sincerely thank you for this opportunity. “
Davis played for the first 14 seasons in Carolina after being selected by Georgia with the 14th overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft. He was released after the 2018 season and then spent 2019 with the Los Angeles Chargers and 2020 with former Panthers coach Ron Rivera in Washington.
In Carolina, Davis became the first player in NFL history to overcome ACL surgery on the same knee (right) three times. After the third operation, all three of his professional bowls appeared. He also won the 2014 Walter Payton NFL Person of the Year Award.
Davis was considered the heart and soul of defense during Carolina’s participation in the Super Bowl 50 in 2015, and played in the championship two weeks after breaking his arm in the NFC championship. He had 7 tackles when the Denver Broncos lost 24-10.
He maintained Carolina’s all-around lead with a score of 789, while former teammate Luke Kuechly’s score was 690.