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Thomas Davis, Greg Olsen to retire as Carolina Panthers

Jun 12, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis (58) and tight end Greg Olsen (88) drill during mini-camp at Carolina Panthers practice field next to Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

The Carolina Panthers will host a joint retirement ceremony next week for two former stalwarts of the team.

Tight end Greg Olsen and linebacker Thomas Davis will retire as Panthers on March 11.

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Davis announced Wednesday night that he would be signing a one-day contract to retire with the Panthers. Olsen tweeted Thursday morning that he will join him.

Davis was released by the Washington Football Team, and Olsen’s release from the Seattle Seahawks is forthcoming.

Both were three-time Pro Bowl selections with the Panthers.

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Carolina made Davis, now 37, the No. 14 overall selection in the 2005 NFL Draft, and he played with the team through the 2018 season. One year each with the Los Angeles Chargers (2019) and Washington (2020) followed.

In 199 career games (174 starts), Davis made 1,216 tackles and had 90 tackles for loss, 29 sacks, 61 quarterback hits, 18 forced fumbles, 11 fumble recoveries and a touchdown. He was an All-Pro selection in 2015.

Olsen played four seasons with the Chicago Bears after they selected him with the No. 31 overall draft pick in 2007. He joined the Panthers in 2011 and played there until he joined the Seahawks in 2020.

Like Davis, Olsen played 199 games (170 starts) and caught 742 passes for 8,683 yards with 60 touchdowns. He became quarterback Cam Newton’s primary target and had three 1,000-yard passing seasons from 2014-16.

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Injuries plagued the final years of his career, and he finished three of his final four seasons on injured reserve.

Olsen will turn 36 on the day of the retirement ceremony. He will work as an analyst for FOX Sports beginning this fall.

–Field Level Media

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