Thomas Davis will play in 2018, but the expectation is that it'll be his last season.
BC-FBN-Panthers-Davis Retirement, 242Carolina LB Davis announces retirement following 2018 seasonEds: APNewsNow. He confirmed his decision during an appearance on NFL Network.
"This was a tough year for me", Davis said.
During training camp, Davis signed a one-year extension through the 2018 season with the intention of it being his last.
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Davis joined the Panthers as a first-round pick in 2005 and made one start as a rookie before moving up the depth chart in his second year. "Like, 'This is how long they want me here for, this is how much time I have to dedicate to this organization to try to win the Super Bowl'".
Davis played in and started 15 games this season, only missing Carolina's December 24 game against Tampa Bay while serving a suspension for an illegal hit in the previous week's game. Over the 15 games he appeared in during the regular season, he recorded 76 tackles, 2.5 sacks, and recovered a fumble.
Davis had said this week that he expects his role to be reduced next season, and he anticipated that it would be reduced further in 2019. Davis is seventh in team history with 13 career interceptions and eighth with 28 sacks. He was also named the Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2014 in recognition of his off-field work.