Carolina Panthers LB Thomas Davis: 2018 to be last season

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The Panthers tweeted a photo of Davis shortly after the report broke, with the caption "respect".

Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis jokes at times that he's a "lifer" in Charlotte, and based on a report from NFL Media on Friday, he will end up as one.

Davis told's Brooke Cersosimo of his plans, and the Panthers tweeted the following picture shortly thereafter.

Earlier in the week, Davis said he would play a lesser role on the team in 2018 because of the younger players. He said he had been seeking an extension through 2019. I signed on for a one-year extension, and I want to complete that. "Like, 'This is how long they want me here for, this is how much time I have to dedicate to this organization to try to win the Super Bowl'".

Davis, 34, was a first-round draft pick by Carolina in 2005 and has been a staple of the Panthers' defense since.

When Davis suits up for 2018, it will be his 13th season on the field and 14th in the league overall, having missed the entire 2010 season due to injury.

Davis has 13 interceptions and 18 forced fumbles in his career, and he'll be hard to replace for Carolina after the 2018 season. A bit of a late bloomer, Davis did not make a Pro Bowl in any of his first 10 seasons but made back-to-back Pro Bowls in 2015 and 2016. He also came back from three ACL surgeries to be an All-Pro in 2013 and 2015.