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Panthers Ink LB’s Thomas Davis and James Anderson

The Panthers have agreed to terms with linebackers Thomas Davis and James Anderson.

Financial details of both deals were not disclosed, but ESPN’s John Clayton reports that Anderson received $22 million over five seasons, with $8.5 million guaranteed.

Clayton adds that Davis is back on a one-year, $3.2 million deal.

Davis, a first-round pick in 2005, has missed most of the last two seasons after tearing his ACL midway through the final year of his rookie contract. Davis tore the same ligament during a non-contact drill during the 2010 OTAs and spent the season on the physically unable to perform list.

In 69 career games, Davis has 388 tackles, 11 quarterback sacks, and three interceptions.

A 2006 third-round pick (88th overall) out of Virginia Tech, Anderson has 236 tackles, 6.5 quarterback sacks, and one interception in 66 career games. Injuries to Davis and Dan Connor created an opportunity for Anderson to log more playing time in 2010.

Anderson posted a team-high 130 tackles, including 13.5 for a loss and 3.5 quarterback sacks, in 16 games in 2010.

With Anderson, Davis, Charles Johnson, and DeAngelo Williams signed for the long-term, the Panthers can now turn their attention towards franchised center Ryan Kalil and middle linebacker Jon Beason.

Beason is entering the final year of his rookie contract.


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