Panthers LB Davis Thinks He Will Still Test Free Agent Market

Contrary to a piece last week that indicated Panthers LB Thomas Davis is still committed to the Panthers through a technicality, he still feels he will be allowed to test the free agent market:

 "I will be allowed to test the free agent market," Davis said in a text message after a story last week about the loophole that could bind him to the team. "But my desire is to remain a Panther for the rest of my career."

The team has seemed to indicated they want to keep Davis if you consider the 1st round tender they placed on him. He seems to think regardless of the contractual issue he will still get a new deal from the Panthers...more after the jump...

More on the details:

The old CBA said that players who aren't activated from the physically unable to perform (PUP) list in the final season of their contracts would see those contracts carry over until next season. But multiple league sources - including agents and management side - admitted there's some mystery over the process, given the current labor situation, that could set Davis free.Either way, the Panthers hope to retain the 28-year-old linebacker, and they don't seem compelled to hold him to the one-year, $3.268million deal the old labor deal would provide for.

If he can show his knee is sound, re-signing Davis is a no-brainer. He's one of the fastest LB at his size in the league. He's coming into his prime age wise and has a wily veteran presence on the field. 

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