Thomas Davis “very open” to playing beyond 2018

AP

Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis thought he was ready to approach the end of his career. But now that the season is four games shorter than it was going to be, he has reconsidered.

Davis said at the end of Panthers minicamp Thursday that he was no longer committed to retiring after the season.

“I’m very open to the possibility of playing next season,” Davis said.

Upon a follow-up question, he continued: “You haven’t been listening. I’m very open.”

In April, the 35-year-old Davis was suspended the first four games of the regular season for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing substances. He insisted on Thursday that he never “knowingly” took anything illegal, and that the supplements he was using were the same ones he’s used the last eight years. He said because so much time passed between his positive test and the notification, there was no way to test the product.

He also declined to identify the product, because he said a friend owns the company that provided it.

In January, Davis said he planned on this being his final season, wrapping up after 14 years. His contract is up after this season, so they’d have to extend him if he wanted that to happen. He said he can still run with the young players the Panthers are bringing in, so he feels good about his ability to play at a high level.

11 responses to “Thomas Davis “very open” to playing beyond 2018

  1. “I’m very open to the possibility of playing next season,” Let me translate…

    It has dawned on my wife and I I’ll never have a job that pays me 6.75 million a year.

    TD the only way you play next year for the Panthers is if you take Peppers lead and play for 1 to 2 million and we all know your wife ain’t having any of that.

  2. He also declined to identify the product, because he said a friend owns the company that provided it.

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    Yeah, right…..

  3. aarons444 says:
    June 14, 2018 at 2:42 pm
    He also declined to identify the product, because he said a friend owns the company that provided it.
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    Alex Guerrero.

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    I’ve got 3 thoughts on this.
    1. I laughed out loud
    2. As a huge Tom Brady fan, he’s never sniffed any wrongdoing when it comes to this kind of thing and it’s well documented how he takes care of his body, what he eats, drinks, etc….
    3. It still amazes me that PEDs were literally shipped to Peyton Manning’s house and no investigation happened….at least not a Nationally followed $5mil investigation.

    Sadly a guy like Brady was revered, young, barely drafted, underdog, had to fight for everything, didn’t have the raw tools. Etc….and how people ‘hate’ him (not saying you do) for what, winning too much? Now the narrative has changed, he’s the same/similar guy but he’s won too much so people now root for him to lose. Sorta strange

  4. Don’t understand all of the TD ridicule. I’m sure more athletes are taking PD’s than not! Some get caught, that’s just how it goes. Personally, I don’t know why it’s such a big deal. If it can keep you young, prolong your career and help you bounce back from injuries, where’s the line?

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