Washington released linebacker Thomas Davis Sr. earlier Wednesday, even though he was set to become a free agent next week. He’s now confirmed the reason: Davis will sign a one-day deal next week to officially retire with the Panthers.
Davis, 37, previously announced his retirement in December.
“The time has finally come and I want to thank each of you for supporting me on this journey,” Davis wrote on social media. “The Washington football team has agreed to release me so that on March 11, I will officially return to where my heart has always been. By signing a one day contract, I will retire from @nfl as a Carolina Panther. @panthers thank you from the bottom of my heart for this opportunity. “
The Panthers made Davis the 14th overall pick in 2005, and he played 14 seasons in Carolina. He won Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2014 and won first-team All-Pro honors in 2015.