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Report: Thomas Davis, Chargers Agree to 2-Year, $10.5 Million Contract

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistMarch 12, 2019

Carolina Panthers outside linebacker Thomas Davis (58) runs onto the field before the start of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)
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Linebacker Thomas Davis, who spent 14 years with the Carolina Panthers, will sign with the Los Angeles Chargers, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reported that the deal is worth $10.5 million over two years. The deal reportedly features $5.25 million in guaranteed money and includes a $1 million roster bonus owed in March 2020.

Davis confirmed the news via Twitter on Tuesday:

Thomas Davis @ThomasDavisSDTM

Very happy that I’m going to be able to showcase my talents for the LA Chargers! Long way from home but I’m extremely excited about this opportunity! #Year15ondeck #lookatGod

Davis had previously said that he couldn't envision himself putting on a different uniform, but the team made it clear in January that it would go in a different direction: 

Thomas Davis @ThomasDavisSDTM

https://t.co/hOOjzjvfWb

A first-round pick in 2005, Davis had spent his entire career in Carolina. He earned three Pro Bowl nods and was also named the 2014 Walter Payton Man of the Year.

Davis had been a key piece in the middle of the Panthers defense for more than a decade. Even as he aged, he remained productive. The soon-to-be 36-year-old is coming off a season in which he piled up 79 tackles, two fumble recoveries and six pass breakups.

His 2018 campaign was marred, however, by a four-game suspension stemming from a failed drug test.

Thomas Davis @ThomasDavisSDTM

This is by far one of the saddest days of my NFL career. I never thought that this would happen to me. I’ve worked extremely hard to do things the right way on and off the field. Panther Nation please know that I am not a cheater. #KeepPounding https://t.co/zUppMfm6yk

He leaves Carolina as the franchise's all-time leading tackler.

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