After being released by the Chargers on March 13, Thomas Davis has found his new home. He’ll be joining the Redskins for the 2020 season and reuniting with his former head coach Ron Rivera. Davis reported the news on his Instagram account.
Davis and Rivera were together with the Carolina Panthers from 2011-2018, where Davis had spent the first 14 years of his NFL career before coming to the Chargers last season. Ben Standig of The Athletic reported that many people around the league expected Rivera to fill his roster with former Panthers, and that is coming to fruition. Davis will join the re-signed Jon Bostic in the Washington linebacker corps.
Davis had an impressive individual season with the Chargers. He was a team captain, played all 16 games, and led the team in tackles. But the team’s defense underwhelmed, leading the Chargers to part ways with the three-time Pro Bowl linebacker with a year left on his deal.
Davis’ lasting impact with the Chargers will likely be his mentorship of the younger players, particularly fellow linebacker Drue Tranquill, who could move from the middle to weak-side now that Davis is gone. Tranquill said earlier in the season that Davis helped him anticipate what the offense was going to run; his experience helped him see things Tranquill couldn’t.
It’ll be strange to see Davis in yet another uniform that isn’t Carolina blue, but we wish him all the best. The Chargers do not play Washington in the 2020 season.