Longtime NFL linebacker Thomas Davis has been granted his release by the Washington Football Team in order to sign a one-day contract with the Carolina Panthers that will allow him to retire as a member of the franchise with which he spent 13 years. Davis announced his intent to retire in December after 16 years in the league. All but two of those were played in Carolina, where Davis earned three Pro Bowl nods, one first-team All-Pro selection and the 2014 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.
The Carolina Panthers are one of three teams reportedly on the "wishlist" for Deshaun Watson, but the Houston Texans quarterback hasn't been made available yet and if he is, it'll take a substantial return in assets for the franchise to move on from him. NBC Sports NFL insider Peter King believes the Panthers could be willing to offer Christian McCaffrey and Teddy Bridgewater as a part of a seven-player package for Watson that would include draft selections.
It wasn't until week three when the Panthers registered their first sack of the season and it was just a precursor to the team's pass-rushing struggles that lasted nearly the entire year. Brian Burns led the way with nine sacks but if all the attention wasn't directed toward him, he could've had a few more. About midway through the season, teams started double-teaming Burns on a regular basis, making it even more challenging to disrupt the pocket.