Thomas Davis announced in a social media post on Wednesday that the Carolina Panthers have informed him they are not interested in bringing him back next season, and it sure sounds like there are at least some hard feelings.
Davis, who is 35, made it clear that he wanted to return to the Panthers in 2019 and said the team’s decision was “extremely tough for me to deal with.” He nearly became overwhelmed with emotion at one point while thanking Panthers fans for their support.
Davis’ wife, Kelly, later appeared on local TV station WCCB and made some interesting remarks of her own.
It’s always difficult to move on from a player who has been with the team for so long, and Davis just finished his 13th season in Carolina. He’s the only player in NFL history to come back from ACL surgery on the same knee three times, so you can understand why he feels such an emotional attachment to the Panthers. He also had three of the best seasons of his career from 2015-2017 and made the Pro Bowl in each one.
The Panthers have a history of parting ways with players on bad terms, but a lot of that seemed to have to do with their former GM. In Davis’ case, it makes sense to move on from a player who will soon be 36 when you’re looking to rebuild after a disappointing season.
Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis may play beyond 2018 after all.
Davis, who had originally intended to retire after this coming season, says he’d like to come back for 2019 in light of a four-game suspension that has taken the shine off what was to be his farewell year.
Davis had already said he was reconsidering his retirement decision in his response to the suspension, where he also insisted he was not a cheater. The 35-year-old had his usual solid season for the Panthers in 2017, so he probably would have enough left in the tank to contribute in 2019 — if the Panthers want him.
Veteran linebacker Thomas Davis insisted in a video posted to Twitter Friday that he did not intentionally cheat despite testing positive for a banned substance.
News came out that the Carolina Panthers leader was suspended four games for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drugs policy. He acted genuinely remorseful for the positive test and insisted he was not a cheater.
“I was completely caught off-guard by this. I have never in any way done anything to intentionally cheat the game,” Davis said. “I’ve taken the same supplements for the last 7-8 years and never had any issues. Been tested numerous times while taking the same stuff.
“I’ve never tested positive for a steroid or HGH … it ended up being an estrogen blocker that triggered a positive test for me.
“In no way would I ever do anything to try and cheat this game or create a competitive advantage over anybody.”
Davis said his conscience was clear over the test and that he would serve his four-game suspension. The 35-year-old had 76 tackles and 2.5 sacks in 15 games last season. He planned on 2018 being his last season, but after the positive test, he said in the video that he is reconsidering that plan. It’s been a rough year for Davis, who also faced a label of being dirty for his hit against the Packers during the season.
Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis is hanging them up.
Via Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Davis told NFL.com that he plans to retire at the conclusion of the 2018 season.
The 2018 season will be Davis’s 14th in the NFL. He overcame three ACL tears to have a long and successful career with the Panthers, though the 2017 season turned out to be somewhat difficult for him.
To date, Davis racked up 750 tackles and 28 sacks over the course of his NFL career. He’ll still have a season to add to those totals before he walks away.
Thomas Davis is not pleased that his reputation took a hit following his crushing blow on Davante Adams two weeks ago that left the Green Bay Packers receiver with a concussion.
The Carolina Panthers linebacker spoke with the media on Thursday and said it was “very unfair” to be labeled as dirty for the hit.
“Very unfair. I’ve seen a lot of stuff that’s been said. Obviously people are going to form their own opinions based on what they saw. But at the end of the day, 13 years I played this game the right way. I can rest easy,” Davis said in a video shared by ESPN’s David Newton.
Davis expressed immediate regret over the hit that landed him a one-game suspension. He has been an advocate for player safety in the past, so it’s not surprising that he feels remorseful about what happened. Knowing that about him makes it easier to believe that he did not intend malice but got caught up in a play on the field.
Thomas Davis successfully appealed his suspension for his hit that concussed Davante Adams on Sunday.
Davis was initially suspended two games for the hit, the league announced Monday. Davis appealed and had the suspension reduced by a game.
The Carolina Panthers linebacker will likely miss the team’s Week 16 home game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a result. Carolina is 10-4 on the season and tied with the New Orleans Saints for the NFC South lead, so they cannot afford to drop Sunday’s game.
Davis, who has 66 tackles and 2.5 sacks this season, was conciliatory about the hit, which may have helped him win his appeal.
Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis will be suspended for his head shot on Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams during Sunday’s game, the NFL announced on Monday.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Thomas will file an appeal.
Thomas targeted Adams’ head after a turnover in Carolina’s win over Green Bay, and the wide receiver ended up leaving the game with a concussion.
It’s interesting that Davis got hit with a two-game ban, as Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster was suspended one game earlier this month for a similar illegal block. However, the NFL said in a statement that Davis being a repeat offender was taken into consideration:
Thomas Davis’s regret was not enough to satisfy Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams.
Adams was the victim of a dirty hit from Davis in Sunday’s game between the Packers and Carolina Panthers, which knocked the Packers receiver out of the game with a concussion. Davis, who is regarded as one of the NFL’s good guys, looked regretful on the sideline afterward, but in a series of tweets sent Monday, Adams wasn’t remotely satisfied with his reaction.
Adams went on to add that NFL players are supposed to “be in this together” and “not mess with a man’s livelihood.”
“What if I did that to him and his kids can’t eat?” Adams asked.
Davis has spoken about player safety before, making his actions even more inexplicably. It certainly wouldn’t be unreasonable to give him a suspension.
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams was injured after falling victim to what is sure to be a controversial blindside hit from Carolina’s Thomas Davis.
With the Panthers trying to return an Aaron Rodgers interception, Davis shot across the field and hit Adams helmet-to-helmet as the play developed, with Adams remaining down for a while. The Packers reported that he was being evaluated for a concussion.
Davis, who has spoken about player safety in the past, seemed very upset on the sideline after the play.
It’s safe to say that based on recent precedent, particularly this JuJu Smith-Schuster hit, Davis could well be facing a suspension for his actions.
Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman was sidelined Sunday due to a concussion, but Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis thinks the issue started before this week.
Freeman was knocked out of Sunday’s game after a hit from Dallas Cowboys linebacker Anthony Hitchens, and the team announced he would not return due to a concussion.
Davis, however, believes Freeman entered the game with a concussion — and that the team and doctors have been mishandling the situation.
Given that there was another potential issue with the concussion protocol on Sunday, these allegations are not what the NFL will want to hear. Their track record on player safety and head injuries unfortunately means that questions like this are valid.