Carolina’s elder statesman on defense is in search of a new contract.
Thomas Davis, the Panthers‘ 34-year-old inside linebacker, is entering the final season of a two-year extension signed in 2015. The vet is owed a base salary of $3.25 million this season, but told WFNZ in Charlotte that he wants to renegotiate before training camp.
“That’s something all players in the last year of their deal, especially for guys who have put up the numbers I’ve put up and played the way I’ve played the last few years, you’d hope something get worked out,” Davis told the station. “We’e not actively talking now, but hopefully we can do something before training camp happens.”
One of the remaining vestiges from the pre-Cam years, Davis is a Pantherslegend who has battled back from severe injuries (three ACL surgeries) and fought for recognition as a model of excellence and consistency. He has missed just one regular season game in the last four seasons and finally earned a first-team All-Pro selection in 2015. Paired with Luke Kuechly, Davis is a key part of one of the league’s greatest linebacking duos of all-time