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Carolina Panthers Sign Free Agent Eric Reid

Carolina Panthers Sign Free Agent Eric Reid

The former 49er on Thursday inked a one-year deal with the Carolina Panthers despite joining Colin Kaepernick in filing a grievance against the NFL alleging owners colluded to keep them out of the league after they began protesting racial discrimination and police brutality during the national anthem in 2016. He went unsigned, which he has alleged was because of his outspoken political views. "After we put Da'Norris Searcy on injured reserve, (coach) Ron (Rivera) and I discussed our options, and Eric was at the top of our list".

Kaepernick congratulated Reid on social media Thursday, saying the 2013 Pro Bowler should have been signed "on the 1st day of free agency".

The NFL Players Association, which supported Reid's grievance against the league, sent its congratulations to Reid. I say during because it's insane that the narrative changed to we were protesting the anthem and that wasn't the case. "He's a hell of a safety, a really good player".

Eric Reid, left, kneeled during with the national anthem with Colin Kaepernick, right.

"Eric Reid is a Pro-Bowl calibre safety, 26 years old with a first-round pedigree", Smith said, per the Charlotte Observer. "The only way I would personally be happier is if he ended up on a team that was on our schedule so that way I'd have a chance to play against him but I'm super excited for him".

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Many fans are now calling for Anthony Martial to be given a start in the league, and who can blame them? When you play, you do the best that you can, and when you speak, you have to be careful what you say.

"It's just been a journey for him (Eric)", Reid said".

Adding a veteran of Reid's caliber during the season should provide a needed coverage ability and versatility on the Panthers' back end.

Kaepernick called Reid "a social justice warrior" who is driven to help others.

The Panthers have a bye this week and next play at home on October 7 against the New York Giants. "He's played at a very high level the last few years". He has started 69 of 70 regular season games played during his career, tallying 375 tackles, 10 interceptions, 34 passes defenced, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. The younger Reid said he wants to stay focused on football and helping the Texans win their first game.


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