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Panthers take care of Thomas Davis

Another bit of news on what has been a wild day in Carolina.

The Panthers, who already have made a bunch of moves, reportedly have agreed to terms with linebacker Thomas Davis on a new five-year contract.

That’s a nice gesture by the Panthers because they technically did not have to do anything with Davis at the moment. Since he spent all of last season on the physically-unable-to-perform list, Davis’ 2010 contract tolled over to this season and prevented him from becoming an unrestricted free agent.

But the Panthers promised Davis they would take care of him and they followed through on that. It’s also nice that they’re rewarding a player who has spent his entire career with the organization, but there are no guarantees with this one.

Davis is coming back from his second torn anterior cruciate ligament and it remains to be seen if he can be the player he was before. If he is, the Panthers could have one of the league’s top groups of linebackers. Before the first injury, Davis was considered a rising star at outside linebacker.

He’ll join Jon Beason, James Anderson and Dan Connor as Carolina’s top linebackers. Anderson already agreed to a new contract, and the Panthers might be working on an extension for Beason, who still has a year remaining on his deal.