Carolina LB Davis announces retirement following 2018 seasonCarolina Panthers' Thomas Davis Sr. talks to reporters as the NFL football team cleans out its lockers on move-out day at Bank of America Stadium, Monday, Jan. 8, 2017, following Sunday's first-round playoff loss to the New Orleans Saints. (Davie Hinshaw/The Charlotte Observer via AP)
Davis confirmed his decision during an appearance on NFL Network on Friday. While the Panthers didn't make an official announcement, the team posted a picture of Davis on its Twitter page with the word ''Respect.''
Davis said he made his decision when the team signed him to a contract extension through 2018. He said he had been seeking an extension through 2019.
''For me, it was a no-brainer,'' Davis said. ''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 a Super Bowl, and that's my mindset.''
Davis, 34, was Carolina's first-round draft pick in 2005 and has spent his entire career with the Panthers. He's seventh in team history with 13 career interceptions and eighth with 28 sacks.
In 2014, Davis was named the league's Walter Payton Man of the Year. Sandwiched around that honor were All-Pro honors in 2013 and 2015. During the last six seasons, Davis has missed just three games despite the last of three ACL repairs.