Thomas Davis LB CAR 2 Months
Panthers SLB Thomas Davis' restructured contract includes three "voidable years" in 2016-18.
The recent exercise of Davis' 2014-15 team options included a $5 million signing bonus. For cap purposes, that can now be stretched out over 2016-18. The move cleared more than $3 million in 2014 cap space.
Thomas Davis LB CAR 2 Months
Panthers exercised SLB Thomas Davis' 2014-15 team options.
That includes Davis' $2.75 million option bonus for 2014. Between salary and bonuses, he'll make $5.25 million. Three torn ACLs limited Davis to just nine total appearances between 2009-11, but he started all 16 games last season, racking up 123 tackles, four sacks and two picks. His comeback has been nothing short of incredible. Davis graded out as the No. 3 4-3 outside linebacker in Pro Football Focus' ratings last season. He turns 31 in March.
Thomas Davis LB CAR 9 Months
Panthers SLB Thomas Davis said he actually feels healthier now than when he first blew out his knee in 2009.
Davis' 2009 ACL tear was the first of three he would suffer in a two-year span. But after sustaining health throughout 105-tackle 2012 season, he finally feels back to 100 percent. With Luke Kuechly in the middle and Jon Beason on the weak side, this Panthers' linebacking unit has a chance to be a difference-maker.
Thomas Davis LB CAR 10 Months
The Panthers are pleased with WLB Thomas Davis' transition to the strong-side.
The local media had ticketed Davis for the weak-side with Jon Beason manning the strong-side, but that apparently won't be the case. "He's adjusting very well to playing on the strong side," said LBs coach Al Holcomb. "He's picking up the checks, he's communicating more. ... He has exceptional ability for the position, in terms of his movement and his ability to close on the football." Davis successfully returned from the third torn right ACL, but was hit-and-miss across 15 games. Davis turned 30 in March.
Thomas Davis LB CAR Aug 27 '12
Panthers WLB Thomas Davis (ACL surgeries) made his preseason debut Sunday night against the Jets, playing primarily in nickel packages.
He registered a first-quarter sack of Mark Sanchez, and is on track to be the first player in league history to return from three ACL tears in the same knee. Davis won't be a starter, but he should be able to cover tight ends and blitz in the nickel on occasion. On early downs, he'll play behind Luke Kuechly.
Thomas Davis LB CAR Aug 21 '12
Panthers WLB Thomas Davis (knee, calf) hasn't been ruled out for Week 1.
"If Thomas is feeling strong enough and we feel he's made a strong enough recovery, we feel that he'll play," coach Ron Rivera said. "He looks good right now." Attempting to become the first player in league history to come back from three ACL tears to the same knee, Davis missed a large chunk of camp with a calf injury, but saw his workload ramped up on Monday. If he's active, Davis' snaps figure to be limited early in the regular season.
Thomas Davis LB CAR Aug 09 '12
Panthers WLB Thomas Davis (calf) returned to practice Wednesday.
Davis only ended up missing a week. More importantly, his thrice-repaired ACL appears to be holding up for now.
Thomas Davis LB CAR Aug 04 '12
Panthers WLB Thomas Davis is sidelined with a strained right calf.
Davis hasn't practiced since Sunday, but an MRI didn't reveal any damage to his surgically-repaired right knee. Attempting to become the first player in NFL history to come back from three ACL tears to the same knee, Davis "could" return to practice next week. Certain to miss Carolina's first preseason game, it will be a concern if Davis isn't ready for Carolina's second exhibition tilt.
Thomas Davis LB CAR Jul 31 '12
Panthers coach Ron Rivera believes WLB Thomas Davis' surgically-repaired knee is "fine."
"He's on track and doing a lot of good things," Rivera said of Davis, who is attempting to come back from his third right ACL tear. Davis got the night off for the Panthers' first padded practice Monday, but has apparently otherwise been full-go. How Davis looks in the preseason will be all-important in determining his 2012 status.
Thomas Davis LB CAR Jun 27 '12
Thomas Davis (ACL surgery) was held out of the Panthers' recent three-day minicamp as a precaution.