Thomas Davis happy new deal won’t limit other Panthers moves


Linebacker Thomas Davis got what he wanted this week.

The Panthers announced a one-year extension for Davis on Tuesday after an offseason that saw their decision to fire General Manager Dave Gettleman tied to the way contract talks with Davis and tight end Greg Olsen were playing out. Davis said it was unfair to paint that picture, but interim G.M. Marty Hurney was the guy in charge when the deal got done.

According to Davis, what Hurney didn’t do was throw too much money at Davis. The linebacker said Wednesday that he thinks he would have gotten a deal done either way because he was looking for some security next season without limiting anything the team wants to do.

“It’s fair for me as a player and it’s fair for the organization moving forward,” Davis said, via Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer. “It’s not going to be a situation where it’s going to limit us from being able to sign other guys in the future, and I’m happy about that.”

The dea is reportedly worth $6.75 million with Davis getting $1 million in guaranteed money next season and, per Person, is “incentive-laden.”