Washington LB Davis says he'll retire after 2020

6:52 PM ET

ASHBURN, Va. — Washington Football Team linebacker Thomas Davis Sr. will retire at the end of this season, he said in an Instagram post.

Washington (6-9) can extend Davis’ final season by beating the Philadelphia Eagles to win the NFC East on Sunday.

Davis, 37, has played 16 years in the NFL — the first 14 with Carolina and then the last two with the Los Angeles Chargers and Washington.

Davis has served mostly in a backup role with Washington this season. He has played in seven games and received 132 snaps from scrimmage, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Washington coach Ron Rivera signed him because of Davis’ leadership and his familiarity with what Rivera wanted from his players.

Rivera trusted Davis because of how he played for him in Carolina, where he made the Pro Bowl three consecutive seasons, from 2015-17. He was a first team All-Pro performer in 2015, the year Carolina reached the Super Bowl. Davis signed a two-year deal with the Chargers in 2019, but was released last offseason.

Davis also endured three torn ACLs. As a reminder of how he endured, Davis posted pictures of cleats on Instagram that sum

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