The Chargers are starting to make some moves if Adam Schefter’s sources are correct.
Three-time Pro Bowl LB Thomas Davis intends to sign with the LA Chargers, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 12, 2019
The Chargers would be counting on the long-time Panther to still have plenty in the tank. Although he missed the first four games of 2018 due to a violation of the NFL’s PED policy, he did play 12 games and recorded 79 tackles, six pass deflections, and three tackles for a loss last year. That sort of disruption is exactly what Anthony Lynn is looking for from his increasingly beefy defensive squad.
Although the specifics of the signing (or an official indication from the Chargers) are not yet known, we do know that Davis can be a very good player when he’s on the field. Off the field he can be a great human, winning the Walter Payton Man of the Year honor in 2014.
On the other side of the coin, Davis suffered three annual ACL tears in 2009-2011, and was reportedly mulling retirement. He is 35 years old (for two more weeks) and a 14-year NFL veteran that has, until this year, only known one team. Any future PED violations will cost additional time and, of course, there is the fact that he’ll be closer to age 50 than 20 when the season rolls around.
The 2018 Chargers were a fairly young team (25.8 years old, on average), and there is the school of thought that indicates they might have had a more successful postseason run with a little more veteran influence. Davis brings Super Bowl experience and a lofty presence to the Chargers squad, and should fit in nicely with the mission-focused coaching of Anthony Lynn. Funny fact - if they bring back Antonio Gates, this signing would increase the team average to 26.2 years. If they do not, it should stay about the same.
It is important to note that this is not yet confirmed, nor do we know the details of how long the contract is or how much money is at play.
-Jason “Well, it’s something!” Michaels