Unusual contract situation could snare Thomas Davis

Under the terms of the last CBA, Thomas Davis could be caught between a rock and a hard spot when it comes to a contract with the Carolina Panthers.

The veteran linebacker, who suffered two torn ACL’s in a seven-month span, spent the majority of last season on the physically unable to perform list while the Panthers waited to see if he could potentially return before the season ended.

As a result of that, Darin Gantt of the Charlotte Observer reports that the Panthers could “toll” Davis’ contract, meaning they could pay him the $3.268 million he made last season instead of Davis being an unrestricted free agent. A year ago, of course, Davis was one of the many players caught in the web that snared would-be UFA’s and made them restricted free agents in the uncapped season.

Per Gantt, the Panthers have stated they want to do right by Davis. But if this technicality is in place in a new CBA, whenever the labor impasse is resolved, Carolina could have Davis back at the same price. Of course, Davis is going to have to prove is value to a new coaching staff, and he comes with baggage.

General manager Marty Hurney has stated he would like to sign Davis to a long-term deal but until a contract is signed, it’s all talk. It’s an interesting situation to keep an eye on.

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