Carolina Panthers Sign Free Agent Eric Reid

Panthers sign safety Reid

Reid was the first to take a knee with fellow former 49er Colin Kaepernick during the national anthem in protest of racial inequality and police brutality back in 2016.

A Pro Bowler in 2013, Reid spent the first five years of his career with the San Francisco 49ers.

The Panthers are the second known team to show interest in Reid.

The Carolina Panthers have signed the free agent safety to a one-year contract.

That appeared to be the reason teams stayed away from Reid and Kaepernick - even when Reid said this spring that if he were to be signed he would discontinue his protest while still working in the community to fight social injustice.

Panthers General Manager Marty Hurney told ESPN brought on Reid as "a football decision", and not because of Reid's grievance. "He is a physical safety with good ball skills and play-making ability". Now that he's on a roster for the first time since last season, could the door suddenly be ajar for the activist quarterback as well?

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And the noise blanketed the caliber of player and person Reid is, too. "I called Eric's agent on Tuesday, and (director of football administration) Rob (Rodgers) started talking to him later that day when we were told that Eric would be interested".

The Panthers (2-1) host the New York Giants on Sunday. "It would be plausible for two teams to conspire against Reid and then a third team signed him". Reid and Colin Kaepernick have been at the center of the protests featuring kneeling during the national anthem, with both players involved in a collusion lawsuit against the league. One fan asked if this might be the best Carolina defense in its history.

"Our union is proud to stand with one of its strongest player leaders and we congratulate Eric for making it back to doing the job he loves", Eric Winston, president of the NFL Players Association, said in a quote posted on Twitter. The Panthers are now on a bye week; their next game on Sunday, Oct. 7.

"I definitely think he helps improve us as a football team and in the secondary".

Reid, who according to Hurney is in "pretty awesome shape", helps the Panthers immediately, joining a defensive backfield that features third-year cornerback James Bradberry, rookie cornerback Donte Jackson and veteran safety Mike Adams.

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