Former All-Pro LB Thomas Davis announces he'll sign one-day deal with Panthers before retiring

Thomas Davis is officially calling it a career.

The former All-Pro linebacker announced on Instagram he is following through with his plans to retire. But first, he will spend another day with the franchise he starred on. Davis was released by Washington on Wednesday, a procedural move that will allow him to sign a one-day contract with the Carolina Panthers.

“The time has finally come and I want to thank each and every one of you for supporting me along this journey,” Davis wrote. “The Washington Football Team, @washingtonnfl, has agreed to release me so that on March 11th, I will officially be returning to the place that my heart has been all along. By signing a one day contract, I will retire from the @nfl as a Carolina Panther. @panthers thank you from the bottom of my heart for this opportunity. Thank you @nflfilms & @jmohamed_83 for this video. I hope you all enjoy!”

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Davis was selected to three Pro Bowls (2015-17) and the 2015 All-Pro first-team during his 16-year career. The first 14 came in Carolina, which took the Georgia product in the first round of the 2005 draft. He would go on to win the 2014 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award and captain the defensive-led Panthers to the Super Bowl a year later.

His final two seasons came with the Chargers, where he shined (112 tackles), and Washington, which reunited him with previous coach Ron Rivera. Davis was often a healthy scratch in 2020 and appeared in just seven games.

Still, he finishes with 1,216 tackles, including 90 for loss, 29 sacks, 18 forced fumbles and 13 interceptions.

And an indelible mark on the league.

Welcome home, @ThomasDavisSDTM!#KeepPounding pic.twitter.com/lckQU9WCE6

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