It looks like Thomas Davis could ultimately finish up his NFL career playing solely for the Carolina Panthers. The team announced on Tuesday that it has signed the 34-year-old linebacker to a one-year extension.
“The ageless Thomas Davis, a Panthers linebacker for the ages, has signed another contract extension,” the team announced, via its official website. “Davis is now under contract with the Panthers through 2018 after adding one year to his deal.”
According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, the deal is said to pay Davis $6.8 million for one more season, guaranteeing him another $2 million for the 2017 campaign.
The #Panthers signed LB Thomas Davis to a 1-year, $6.75M extension, source says, adding $2M guaranteed this year at 34 years old.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 15, 2017
Davis, a 12-year pro from Georgia, recorded 106 tackles, three interceptions and a forced fumble en route to earning his second consecutive trip to the Pro Bowl last season.
A deal of this magnitude has apparently been in the works for some time now, but the two sides were able to finalize it on Tuesday. Davis remains one of the most-respected players in franchise history, especially after he came back from multiple ACL injuries to morph into a team leader. Carolina paid him accordingly here.