Pro Bowl LB Thomas Davis ‘very open’ to playing past 2018

Carolina Panthers veteran linebacker Thomas Davis recently said the 2018 NFL season will be his last, but on Thursday he offered a different take.

Davis, speaking with Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer, said, “I’m very open to the possibility of playing next season. You haven’t been listening. I’m VERY OPEN.”

The veteran linebacker is set to enter his 14th season as a pro. He’s going to spend the first four games of the coming season on the suspended list after violating the NFL’s performance enhancing drugs policy.

The former No. 14 overall pick out of Georgia has put together a tremendous career, racking up 1,032 tackles, 28 sacks, 13 interceptions, 18 forced fumbles, nine fumble recoveries and one defensive touchdown.

He was a First-team All-Pro in 2015 and has made it to the Pro Bowl the past three seasons.