Davis, 35, announced Wednesday night in a video on interpersonal media which the Panthers told him on Monday they were moving in”another way at the linebacker position” and would not be re-signing him.
“I feel as though I have a lot of football left to me to drift off out of the game at the moment, so I WISh to continue playing. I will continue playing.
“Hopefully, someone is going to offer me that opportunity”
Davis could be the team’s alltime top tackler with 1,258, according to the Carolina coaches picture. He officially is recorded with 1,094 tackles.
Davis said following the growing season finale, a 33-14 victory on New Orleans that snapped a seven-game losing streak, which he WIShed to come back for a 15th season. In addition, he said if the Panthers (7-9) did not resign him he would consider playing for another team.
“It had been extremely tough for me personally to deal with,” Davis said of Carolina’s decision to move on. “That is the reason you guys are only hearing right now because I WIShed to return, I WIShed to wanted to be part of a group which came and righted the wrongs we had this particular season.
“among the pioneers with this team I chose full responsibility for a number of the things we permitted to happen, and also the games that we lost . I needed to come back and help fix that, but unfortunately I’m not likely to have that opportunity.”
Marty Hurney said when he came back 18 months ago due to his second stint as general manager he had to make sure that the”analytical part of the brain takes within the emotional” part. Hurney was criticized after having fired during the 2012 season for registering aging veterans to agreements that allowed them to play their prime.
Attempts to attain Hurney and trainer Ron Rivera were not immediately successful.
Davis in 2012 became the first player in NFL history to successfully return from ACL surgery three times to the very same knee (right). From 2012-2016 he played a number of the best football of his career, topping 100 tackles each time and making the Pro Bowl out of 2015-17.
Back in 2014, Davis was appointed the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year for its job his”Defending Dreams” foundation has done in the Carolinas and his home state of Georgia.
Davis has been considered that the”heart and soul” of the Carolina defense for much of this last decade. He came back two weeks after suffering a broken arm in the NFC Championship match to play in Super Bowl 50 at the end of the 2015 season.
However, after he had been frozen the first four games for violating the group policy on performance enhancing drugs Davis announced he intended to play at least one more year.
Rivera said in December the Davis”still has something left in the tank” However, with the emergence of 2015 first-round pick Shaq Thompson and the should get more speed in the field the Panthers chosen, as Davis said, to proceed in yet another way.
“Since you can view this is excessively tough for me personally,” said Davis, who stopped several times in the video to gather his emotions. “I have loved and cherished every moment we’ve experienced Carolina.”
Davis comprised an email into the fans, saying he expected they knew his decision to keep on playing for another team.
“It’s not just a decision I wanted to make, but it’s a decision I had to produce,” Davis said. “I’m looking forward to this season and getting out and revealing and demonstrating that Thomas Davis still can doit. I’ve still got a lot left. It’s definitely going to be exciting, man. As tough as it would be to say that, I’m very anticipating it”