Thomas Davis wants to stay with Panthers, regardless

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Longtime Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis wants to come back. He’s made that much clear.

And since he’s about to be a free agent, it’s less of a negotiation and something close to begging at this point.

“That’s the one thing that I look at that, more so than anything, that would not allow me to go play for another team,” Davis said Monday, via Marcel Louis-Jacques of the Charlotte Observer. “It’s the one thing that I look at and I focus in on that I would say I would never want to go play for another team. You know, you play somewhere your entire career — that’s special. That means something to me, to be able to say I played all of my career for one team.”

Davis was the Panthers’ first-round pick in 2005, and they stuck with him through three torn ACLs, and he played in a Super Bowl with a broken arm for them. So the bond is deep.

Deeper than their pockets at the moment, as they have significant issues to address this offseason (both lines, a quarterback who can actually play if Cam Newton can’t because of his shoulder, etc.).

So there’s a chance Davis is viewed as a luxury rather than a need for his 15th season, and he acknowledged that he’s taken pay cuts before (post-ACLs).

“Have you seen how much money I make?” he said (he made nearly $4 million last year). “I’ve already taken a pay cut. . . .

“Whatever I need to do to make sure that we get it done and I’m still here. It’s a negotiation, so this will be something that will take place. It’ll happen and we’ll see what happens coming from there.”

It’s only a negotiation when two sides are participating, and so far the Panthers haven’t joined him. And since he’s made it clear that he really, really wants to stay, they can enter the process knowing it won’t be as expensive as it used to be.

11 responses to “Thomas Davis wants to stay with Panthers, regardless

  1. Gosh, I would take a pay cut that earned me $2,000,000 a year.

    Shoot, if I was offered a pay cut that only left me with $10,000 a month I’d jump on it like a kangaroo.

  2. Its time to go. He supposedly retired this year but he screwed himself by getting banned for four games in September. Let him move on and out Shaq Thompson in his spot. Thompson is a much younger player with more upside than Davis at this juncture of his career. The Panthers should fire Rivera as he has a losing record since the 2015 Super Bowl and is not going to carry them anywhere. They are in rebuild mode and are always too cheap to pay for solid players.

  3. waterisforfighting says:
    January 1, 2019 at 11:42 am
    Cheap shot artist. Causes more concussions than any other defensive player. He should be retired by the NFL.

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    I take it you’re a Bucs fan. Davis has been fined 6 times in a 13 year career. Guys like Vontaze Burfict and James Harrison get that many in one or two seasons. The man plays a violent game violently. I admit there have been a couple of hits I thought crossed the line, but overall I’d say he’s not out to hurt guys.

  4. bam5239 says:
    January 1, 2019 at 12:12 pm
    waterisforfighting says:
    January 1, 2019 at 11:42 am
    Cheap shot artist. Causes more concussions than any other defensive player. He should be retired by the NFL.

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    I take it you’re a Bucs fan. Davis has been fined 6 times in a 13 year career. Guys like Vontaze Burfict and James Harrison get that many in one or two seasons. The man plays a violent game violently. I admit there have been a couple of hits I thought crossed the line, but overall I’d say he’s not out to hurt guys.

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    I disagree with your last statement. Davis takes a head shot every chance he gets. Im not a fan of any NFCS team, but happened to be watching a game a couple weeks ago where he knocked a guard out for no reason away from the play. I bet the league never looked at that hit to fine him, but any normal person could see it was dirty. He doesnt belong in the NFL where we now know those kind of hits are crippling long-term injuries. 30 years ago, hes a stud linebacker. We know better now, and there’s no place for that.

  5. How was Davis not suspended for his head shot on Max Unger of the Saints that knocked him out of the game and put him in the concussion protocol?

  6. Hurneys mistake his first time as GM was overpaying for guys he drafted that were on their third/fourth contract and nearing the end of their career. But as long as Davis is good with another cap-friendly contract, I think a deal gets worked out for one more year.

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