The Atlanta Falcons signed former division rival coach Dirk Koetter to return as offensive coordinator this week. The Falcons may want to consider adding a division rival to their defense as well.
Former Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis announced on his Twitter account that the Panthers do not plan to bring him back next season but that he does plan to play in 2019. Originally, Davis said last year that 2018 would be his last season, but his plans reportedly changed after he missed the first four games because of a suspension for violating the substance abuse policy.
Davis will turn 36 in March and has played 14 seasons in the NFL. He's past his prime, but on a low-risk, one-year contract, Davis could prove to be invaluable to any NFL team, especially the Falcons.
His PED suspension being the lone exception, Davis has always been regarded as a high character guy. He became the first player to overcome three ACL surgeries in the same knee and continue to play. Davis also returned from a broken arm two weeks later to play in Super Bowl 50.
Davis has also played his best football in his thirties. He made his first All-Pro team in 2015 along with three straight Pro Bowls from 2015-17. This past season, he didn't make the Pro Bowl, but he had more tackles, 79, in 12 games during the 2018 season than he did in 15 games in 2017.
The Falcons don't want Davis playing every down, but as a depth linebacker, he could be a great addition to the roster.