Dec. 14, 2008; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis (58) celebrates sacking Denver Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler (6) in the Panthers 30-10 victory against the Broncos at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-US PRESSWIRE

Carolina Panthers Restructure Thomas Davis

IT may come as no surprise, but the Panthers have changed the terms of the contract with Thomas Davis.

Davis is coming off of his 3rd knee surgery, and was taking up much needed cap space. The restructure has some incentives and other things, but I’ll let you read that. What follows is taken from

Although he is coming off his third torn ACL, the Panthers want Davis back, and they made it happen by working around salary-cap challenges. A league source told that Davis’ deal has been restructured to free up $3.8 million in salary-cap space.

The Panthers chose not to exercise an $8 million option bonus that was due this week. The bonus was put in as a safeguard when Davis signed a new contract last summer. He suffered his third injury early last season.

Davis’ cap figure for 2012 is now a comfortable $2.1 million. In addition to not getting the bonus, Davis took a cut in base salary from $2.25 million to $700,000 for this season.

But Davis can recoup some of the money later in the contract that runs through 2015. He has a $500,000 option bonus in 2013, and a $2.5 million second option in 2014. His new base salaries rise steadily each season. If he’s still with the team in 2015, his base salary will be $7.25 million.

If Davis can stay healthy (fingers crossed) he will be the first player to be effective after 3 knee surgeries. Well, here’s to hoping!

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