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Thomas Davis won’t be back with Panthers, wants to keep playing

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Still a player, albeit a/ PED concerns. Outside that known as a high character guy. Emotional leader of that defense. At 36 he’s a good LB although no longer dominant. He was the perfect foil for Kuechly in Carolina...I would definitely be interested.

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1 minute ago, Florida Bills Fanatic said:

T. Davis is a class act and tough competitor.  He will probably not be looking to go to a team as a backup.  There are some teams like Cincinnati that are in desperate need of linebacker help that will pursue him.

You are right...we won't be the only suitor, far from it...welcome to the board.

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Oh, absolutely. Depth at linebacker is a serious problem for this team. Sign him up and also bring in a young linebacker or two.

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3 hours ago, YoloinOhio said:

1 year deal to mentor the young LBs? You know McD loves him. Anything left?

 

 

 

Sounds good to me.    That 3rd LB is a part time position anyway so it doesn't make sense to invest much cash or draft capital into the position.  Davis could almost certainly play all 3 positions in the event of an injury.

 

I thought when the Panthers extended his deal thru 2018 in the summer of 2017 that it was a move to prevent McD and his LB starved Bills from scheming to poach him after the 2017 season..........if you didn't think he might leave it was a bit of a weird move........kinda' like when the Beane unnecessarily extended Eric Wood in the summer of 2017 (except Wood was even less likely to leave).

 

Fwiw.....Davis' agent is also former Terry Pegula employee Todd France..........the same guy who negotiated Dareus' sweetheart deal and Pegs signed off on..........so not sure if he's still tight with the Pegs or not.

 

 

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100% good with signing this guy. Tremaine and Matt could use the mentoring from a guy who has done it at the highest level for years. 

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I think he's got another year or two left, but can't see it being the Bills who bring him in.

 

More likely a team that feels they're in their SB window right now.

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3 hours ago, YoloinOhio said:

Could be depth too. Would be better than Julian Stanford/Corey Thompson 

Corey Thompson could still turn into something, but he needs reps that he won't get if they bring in older vets.  That said, will be interesting to see if Bills have interest.

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Get ‘er done Beane! 1 year deal or two years with a reasonable out. Davis will be the perfect foil to our Keuchly and help him with the reads. 

 

Move Lorax to spell Shaq at DE and to ST when Davis gets many snaps. But do need to use Davis and Lorax judiciously and keep em fresh for late in the season.

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Oh man, might as well fit him for a jersey tomorrow. Is there any possibility this doesn't happen? I have no issues with a cheap 1-year deal, but based on their brief history of overpaying for former players, I'm skeptical this ends well.

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5 hours ago, Augie said:

 

Two years might be a bit much at that age, unless it’s structured in a way that protects the team. But why not look into this. You know him better than I do, but when Farther Time calls your number.....

 

1 year, team option for 2nd year. Have to believe McBeane loves this guy as he’d be schooled in the Process & scheme, great depth and locker room guy and injury insurance. Plus, it pushes one draft need down a bit to consider more offensive help or combine picks for a trade.

 

’notherwords, Giterdone!

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A mentor role and some fill in snaps is about all he's good for at this point. You could see he had lost a step this year in Carolina. A good locker room guy, but wouldn't expect much in the way of on field production. 

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Kinda mixed on this. 36 years old for such a demanding position? Dude can still ball though and would provide solid depth in rotation and mentoring. His knowledge could prove invaluable for Tremaine and Milano. 

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He would really help on 1st and 2nd downs. Could also be an option to free Zo up to rush the passer more, which frees Lawson up to kick inside more. Hoping Milano is good to go, but would be nice insurance policy fir that as well. 

 

At 36, he may be looking for a familiar system and coach to play for. Where else would he rather be?

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4 minutes ago, No Place To Hyde said:

He would really help on 1st and 2nd downs. Could also be an option to free Zo up to rush the passer more, which frees Lawson up to kick inside more. Hoping Milano is good to go, but would be nice insurance policy fir that as well. 

 

At 36, he may be looking for a familiar system and coach to play for. Where else would he rather be?

I think that would be a huge factor - imo. He would want to be productive, not just a guy, and that’s his best chance. He could add value in a leadership role as well given the departure of Kyle, something he seems to enjoy. 

 

But we don’t really know what he’s looking for, that’s just my assumption.

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I think we do it .. we're not paying for production in my mind .. look what happened to Josh .. when we surrounded him with same position vets (DA & Barkley) in the QB room .. now we need to do the same for our stud(s) on the defense Edmunds/ and even Milano .. Edmunds especially needs same position mentoring and TD is perfect for that role .. ..  Also, think it will help with continuity with Star and his role to free up Edmunds and attack angles. 

 

Those that are indicating playing time for younger players .. we have to remember the 1st round investment in Edmunds .. like Josh .. and surround them with people for those times off the field in the film room so that things click when on the field.

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Given his resume, age and production last season I have to think he’s chasing a ring. Be the perfect way to go out for him. I don’t think he’ll be chasing the best money available. 

With that said obviously he’s a perfect fit for this team and I am 100% sure they’ll kick the tires and gauge his interest and bring him in if he’s willing 

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I'd take him on a 1-year deal if the money was right, and I think he probably has 2-3 years in him... dude can still play, and you KNOW he and McDermott are close.

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Hello classic McDermott overspend on a FA, this written in the stars long ago.  And im alright with it.  Seems like a smart vet built for this defense where he's going to mentor the young guys.  Gotta spend it somewhere, do it

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I wonder how close he is with Star? That might be a factor too. 

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I'd absolutely bring him in. Tremaine Edmunds is still 20 and needs some smart vets around him. Remember our preseason game v the Panthers and Thomas Davis and Luke Kuechly surrounding McDermott and being in awe of Tremaine's size. 

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This move makes too much sense.  Not only would he very likely still be a producer on the field but the leadership and more importantly the intangibles of giving insight, how he prepares for each game would be invaluable for both Milano and Edmunds.  Bring him in PLEASE!!!!!   I BEG OF YOU!!!!

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The guy is ancient by NFL standards and tore up the same knee 3 times, fresh off a PED suspension last season. 

 

Davis has always been one of my favorites but it’s time to hang them up. Lots of people want him around to teach Edmunds/Milano, if he is a good teacher bring him in as a coach.

 

I’d be surprised if he makes it through a camp/preseason. 

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Could also depend on where Wilks will land

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