Carolina Panthers Thomas Davis will call it quits after 2018 season

Thomas Davis: 2018 will be my last season

Thomas Davis: 2018 will be my last season

The Panthers tweeted a photo of Davis shortly after the report broke, with the caption "respect".

Carolina Panthers outside linebacker Thomas Davis has played all 13 of his National Football League seasons with the franchise that drafted him in the first round back in 2005.

Davis missed all but nine games from 2009-2011 because he tore his ACL three times, but he has started all 78 games he has played over the past five seasons.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, Davis told a reporter that the 2018 season will be the final season of his career.

Davis is a two-time Pro Bowler and the 2014-15 Walter Payton Man of the Year. Sandwiched around that honour were All-Pro honours in 2013 and 2015. Carolina's 2005 first-round pick also ranks seventh with 13 interceptions and eighth with 28 sacks.

After the Panthers lost to the New Orleans Saints in the playoffs last weekend, Davis said he expects to have a reduced role in 2018 as Shaq Thompson gets more time.

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.

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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