CHARLOTTE — Tight end Greg Olsen and linebacker Thomas Davis are signing one-day contracts to retire as members of the Carolina Panthers.
Last week, Davis announced on his Instagram page that he was retiring after his release from Washington and that he planned to sign a one-day contract to retire on March 11 as a member of the Panthers.
The next day, Olsen tweeted that he’d be joining Davis for a joint retirement ceremony.
“To be able to play 16 years in this league has truly been a blessing, and I can’t thank God enough for seeing fit to put me in this position to do that,” Davis said. “To the Carolina fanbase, I just want to say to you guys, you guys have been tremendous throughout my entire career. I cannot thank you guys enough for your love and support ... I cannot wait to sign that one-day (contract) and retire a Panther. Keep pounding.”
Davis spent 14 seasons with the Panthers before finishing his career with Washington last season. He is the team’s franchise leader in tackles with 1,258 and played more games than any defensive player in team history. He also had 28 sacks and 24 takeaways.
Olsen spent nine of his 14 NFL seasons with the Panthers. He had 524 catches for 6,463 and 39 touchdowns during his time in Carolina, including three straight 1,000-yard seasons. Olsen finished last season playing for the Seattle Seahawks.
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