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Thomas Davis could be caught in CBA loophole

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Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis may not reach free agency for another season because of a barely-known loophole in the last CBA.

As pointed out by Darin Gantt of the Charlotte Observer, the previous CBA said any player who was not activated from the PUP list while in the last year of his contract would have that contract carry over into the next season.

This rule would apply to Davis and Eagles defensive end Victor Abiamiri, and means the Panthers could keep Davis under contract at $3.268 million for 2011.

This seems like a tough break for Davis, although it’s worth noting that Davis is coming off two torn ACLs in as many seasons.  We doubt that he would get big money on a long-term contract this offseason until he can prove he’s healthy.

Davis’ agent Todd France acknowledged the rule to Gantt but didn’t comment on whether it applies to his client.

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4 Responses to “Thomas Davis could be caught in CBA loophole”
  1. tombradyswig says: Mar 29, 2011 1:06 PM

    “means the Panthers could keep Davis under contract at $3.268 million for 2011.

    This seems like a tough break for Davis”

    OH YEAH, what a TOUGH break!!!!! 3.x MIL a YEAR!!!! FOR ANYTHING is NOT a tough break.

    don’t feel sorry for ya kid, sorry, just don’t!!!!!!

    I’ll do anything for 3 freaking MIL a yr, ANYTHING!

  2. Stupid Raiders Fan says: Mar 29, 2011 1:27 PM

    How is he supposed to put food on the table with that pay?

  3. bengalsown says: Mar 29, 2011 2:36 PM

    I’d let someone tear my ACL’s with their teeth for $3.2mil a year

  4. CKL says: Mar 30, 2011 12:27 AM

    This may end up being good for Davis because although 99% of players would want to be FA, with his injury history that deal may pay him more than a first year salary & SB with another team. The guy is a great young player who didn’t have a real “position” when he was drafted and who blossomed once he was moved to WLB. I feel for him.

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