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Panthers pick up 2014, 2015 options on Thomas Davis

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Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis made a remarkable return to the field after three ACL tears and surgeries and the Panthers have responded to that return by locking him up for the next two years.

A league source tells PFT that the Panthers have exercised both the 2014 and 2015 options on Davis’ contract. Davis is now set to make $13.5 million over the next two years and $6 million next season in salary and bonuses.

Davis played just nine games between 2009 and 2011 because of his knee injuries, but returned to play 15 games in 2012. His 2013 performance was a big reason why the Panthers wound up winning the NFC South as Davis played every game and recorded 123 tackles and four sacks to help lead one of the best defenses in the league.

With Davis locked up, the Panthers will now presumably turn even more of their focus toward making a decision about the future of defensive end Greg Hardy. Hardy was another big reason for the success in Carolina last season and he’s set to cash in one way or another as a free agent this offseason.

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16 Responses to “Panthers pick up 2014, 2015 options on Thomas Davis”
  1. bucrightoff says: Feb 21, 2014 4:11 PM

    Not a Pathers fan obviously but you gotta root for this guy. What a fighter, could easily have given up after two devasting injuries but just kept coming back.

  2. kissmyconverse says: Feb 21, 2014 4:16 PM

    This is one of the best and most overlooked stories in the NFL. We love him here in Carolina and glad he is staying.
    Keep Pounding TD!

  3. ariani1985 says: Feb 21, 2014 4:17 PM

    Ahhhh. come in green Bay we can’t have good linebackers?

  4. raiderufan says: Feb 21, 2014 4:21 PM

    Coming back is impressive enough…looking like he hasnt missed a step is amazing!

  5. gbpackbacker says: Feb 21, 2014 4:26 PM

    This guy probably dreams of brushing the Claymakers hair.

    I know I do.

  6. qdog112 says: Feb 21, 2014 4:49 PM

    Great move, now get your fat ass on the phone and at least talk to the other guys to show some interest.

    Not calling your FAs is arrogant and stupid.

  7. rajbais says: Feb 21, 2014 4:50 PM

    Hey, the real comeback player of the year is getting more than he expected.

    Sorry Philip Rivers. You didn’t deserve the award juxtapose to Davis.

  8. skarbar001 says: Feb 21, 2014 4:55 PM

    Great player, even better person. The NFL needs more players like him.

  9. shayeezy says: Feb 21, 2014 5:24 PM

    been a fan of this guy since he played safety at georgia. what a talent and what a great story.

  10. ✦ Pittsburgh is the City of Champions ✦ says: Feb 21, 2014 5:26 PM

    He’ll tear his ACL this year.

  11. mwm367 says: Feb 21, 2014 11:19 PM

    Actually, he will tear little Ben’s ACL completely off when he sacks him numerous times this year.

  12. wegonefunkwichamind says: Feb 22, 2014 12:03 AM

    As a guy who’s had a couple dozen knee ligament tears (minor sprains and full tears), I’ll always be a fan of him.

  13. packinggreens says: Feb 22, 2014 1:57 AM

    Wow he averaged 7.5 tackles a Game with bad knees. What a beauty

  14. jonnnyfive says: Feb 22, 2014 3:25 AM

    I love this guy man. Heart of a champion and a stand-up guy. I hope he gets a chance at a super bowl.

  15. headbustafromaugusta says: Feb 22, 2014 6:26 AM

    Is it safe to say no to resigning Hardy with this move?

  16. jgedgar70 says: Feb 24, 2014 9:33 AM

    He comes back from 3 ACL tears and has a very good 2012 season. Then he’s even better in 2013. So the team gives him 2 more years on the contract. Now THAT is the way to do business.

    The football gods really owe this guy a Super Bowl win.

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