Panthers sign Eric Reid, who knelt in protest with Colin Kaepernick

Arnold Nichols
September 28, 2018

Colin Kaepernick #7 and Eric Reid #35 of the San Francisco 49ers kneel in protest during the national anthem prior to playing the Los Angeles Rams in their NFL game at Levi's Stadium on September 12, 2016 in Santa Clara, California.

Not only has the financial side played into his remaining unsigned but Reid also aligned himself with former teammate Colin Kaepernick, continuing to kneel during the national anthem prior to games. In October past year, he filed an official grievance letter with the NFL.

The Panthers had a need at Reid's position, and he has a record of being a productive young player.

Safety Eric Reid is no longer unemployed after signing a one-year deal with the Carolina Panthers to help bolster a secondary that has been decimated by injuries.

The 26-year-old played at least 100 defensive snaps at safety, slot cornerback, off-ball linebacker and edge with the 49ers last season, per Pro Football Focus.

General manager Marty Hurney echoed the "football decision" line in his official statement on the signing, as well. It took safety Da'Norris Searcy being placed on injured reserve for the Panthers to give him a try. "He's a hell of a safety, a really good player. People who know me, know my character". I felt furious, hurt and hopeless. He claimed that the league and team owners colluded to prevent his employment over his protest activities, The Associated Press reports. Other than the Cincinnati Bengals, whom Reid visited in April, other teams did not show interest in him despite his solid performance with San Francisco, which included a Pro Bowl selection after his rookie season. I'm ready to go.' So he wants to play, he's good enough to play, he deserves to play.

Smith commented further on Twitter after the news broke Thursday, writing "there is never a wrong time to do the right thing". "I don't think this is going to make or break his case".

In his career, Reid has started 69 of the 70 regular-season games he has played in.

"I think that's great for him", McCourty said. I don't think it will be in the form of protesting during the anthem.

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