The Carolina Panthers have had a very quiet time so far in the off-season ahead of the 2015 NFL season.
The biggest moves that the Panthers have made so far include the signings of Charles Tillman, Jarrett Boykin and Ted Ginn Jr, whilst Cam Newton and tight end Greg Olsen had their contracts extended.
Now there is another bit of contract news for the Panthers and their fans, who shortly after making Cam Newton one of the highest-paid quarterbacks in the league, have rewarded linebacker Thomas Davis with a new contract.
The Panthers announced Monday on their own official website, that they have signed Davis to a two-year extension that goes up to 2017. The veteran linebacker will now collect a cool $18 million over the next three years.
Carolina also went on to reveal that 2017 will be Davis' last season in the National Football League, with the 32-year old retiring at the team where it all started for him.
"Thomas has been and continues to be an integral part of our team on the field and off the field," general manager Dave Gettleman said in a statement. "His leadership is valuable and he is still playing at a high level. We're thrilled we could get this done. He's a lynchpin in our defense and we're excited that he's going to have the ability to retire as a Panther."
Davis' story is one of a struggle, however. The veteran was forced to recover from three separate ACL surgeries and at one point it looked like his career would be over.
But, to his immense credit, Davis fought back to emerge as one of the premier 4-3 linebackers in the entire League, forming an incredible partnership with All-Pro middle linebacker Luke Kuechly, making the Panthers linebacking corps arguably the most feared in the entire NFL.
"He's a unique individual," coach Ron Rivera said Monday, "and there really is only one Thomas Davis."
We'll have to wait and see if the reigning "Man of the Year" will be elected to his first ever Pro Bowl, before handing over his spot to 2015 draft pick Shaq Thompson, a young linebacker with immense potential.
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