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My experience with Thomas Davis this morning

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Was this said to you privately or during his speech?

Re Tepper: there are few people harder to read on this planet during interviews and presentations than NFL players. I wouldn't read anything into his tone at all. Thomas Davis is especially hard to read.

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Not surprising that a player who has been with the Panthers as long as TD and who had (maybe still has) a great relationship with JR isn't exactly thrilled about JR being forced out and having a new owner.

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2 minutes ago, Sam Mills Fan said:

Was this said to you privately or during his speech?

Re Tepper: there are few people harder to read on this planet during interviews and presentations than NFL players. I wouldn't read anything into his tone at all. Thomas Davis is especially hard to read.

half n half. Which part and I will specify 

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Yeah, I'd put the the neutral tone of the Tepper comments to mean that he may be worried he won't get the same special treatment he got from Richardson. I like Tepper even more if that's true. 

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1 minute ago, LinvilleGorge said:

Not surprising that a player who has been with the Panthers as long as TD and who had (maybe still has) a great relationship with JR isn't exactly thrilled about JR being forced out and having a new owner.

Or about the fact that said new owner might not be as inclined to keep him around as Richardson was.

I'd be hesitant to project that on anybody other than Davis himself, except to say that employees do generally take some time to get to know a new boss (especially those that we're close to the old boss).

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Or it could be the simple fact Davis has only known Tepper for a month (at best; I doubt they have spoken much). Not a big deal and not worth reading into. 

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1 hour ago, PanthersBigD said:

Yeah, I'd put the the neutral tone of the Tepper comments to mean that he may be worried he won't get the same special treatment he got from Richardson. I like Tepper even more if that's true. 

I get the impression that being a longtime Panther, being friendly with the owner or even being a "good guy" isn't going to carry the kind of weight that it used to anymore.

Never would have believed we'd see Thomas Davis in another uniform (I think he himself said it would never happen) but it's looking more and more like a real possibility.

If Davis ends up as a Falcon, a Saint, or a Patriot or something there are probably some folks who will turn on Tepper.  They really shouldn't, but that's how things often go.

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From what I have read TD was pretty tight with JR.  Beyond business.  Tepper is all business from what I see and isn't about to let personnel decisions be made outside of what he has or will decide is the best business model for his 2+ billions of dollars investment.  That probably doesn't sit well with players who have been mollycoddled over the years.

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Richardson was going to take care of him for however long he wanted and that's no guarantee anymore.

Starting to worry that we're gonna have a Favre/Rodgers situation on our hands and the team will be forced into a hard decision with TD.  He went from retiring "any day now" to "a couple more years"  rapidly and he's starting to sound desperate about it. Him and Shaq are so close and he's never shown any resistance towards passing the torch, but if he has any expectations about his future role or money it could get ugly. No more disgruntled legends please.

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Hopefully he is ok playing a backup role. That’s the only way this could go down well.

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Also worth noting that after being cut, Charles Johnson was quoted as saying "I have no plans to retire anytime soon."

He's since retired. Things can change from the moment they're said. 

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Saw this...

What's that got to do with Davis?  Well, the "big nickel" was previously envisioned as a role Shaq Thompson might play.  The fact that they're now planning to ease Rashaan Gaulden into that role implies that Thompson will be focused on being a linebacker, which further increases the likelihood that he's going to be taking playing time away from Davis even when he returns from suspension.

MechaZain is likely correct that Jerry Richardson would have kept Thomas Davis a Panther (and maybe even a starter) for as long as he wanted to be.  And while Davis is one of the true "good guys" of the world, that's not how you run a successful football team.

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