COSTA MESA — Thomas Davis was next to his wife, Kelly, when the Chargers’ contract offer came in. The three-time Pro Bowler promptly told her he was going to accept.
“Wait, wait, wait,” Davis recalled his wife saying.
This was not what Davis wanted before free agency opened, but there he was Friday, more than 2,000 miles away from home, with a new NFL team logo behind him as a backdrop.
A few feet away from Davis at the podium sat Tyrod Taylor, sporting a mustard-colored suit. He, too, changed initial plans to join the Chargers.
Davis wanted to stay close to home, and Taylor desired to be a starting quarterback. They both put those wishes aside to chase a Super Bowl with a team that fell two wins short of making it to the big game last season.
“We didn’t have a chance to talk about it, but when you know, you just know,” Davis said during his Chargers introductory news conference. “I knew this was the perfect opportunity, it felt comfortable.
“Fourteen years of never being able to enter free agency once, you have that opportunity, and you feel like you could select a place you can ultimately come in and make a Super Bowl run — you don’t turn it down, and that was the situation right here.”
“Bolt Gang all day, baby.” @ThomasDavisSDTM already knows. pic.twitter.com/sfzfE7HQuZ
— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) March 15, 2019
Davis spent his first 14 seasons with the Carolina Panthers, where he flourished as one of the top linebackers in the NFL. It became his home away from home, and the 2015 First-Team All-Pro wanted to return. But the Panthers had different plans.
“I never imagined that I’ll be getting ready to put on another uniform,” Davis said.
Davis, a Georgia native, hoped to stay in the South, and even hinted at joining longtime rival the Atlanta Falcons. But when the Chargers called, and made him a priority, everything changed.
The Chargers felt they were a few healthy linebackers away from making it to the Super Bowl last season. They made it clear that Thomas was brought in to help on the field, and not just play the role of elder statesman. On Friday, Davis officially signed his two-year deal that is worth $10.5 million.
Davis, who turns 36 in a week, recorded 79 combined tackles in 12 games last year, and was named to the Pro Bowl in three …read more
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