Published: Fri, September 28, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Panthers sign safety Reid

Panthers sign safety Reid

The question immediately comes to mind now that safety Eric Reid, aligned with Kaepernick in a legal battle against the National Football League, has signed a one-year contract to join the Carolina Panthers.

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. In October previous year, he filed an official grievance letter with the NFL.

Safety Eric Reid, seen here at right kneeling before a San Francisco 49ers game last November, has signed a new contract with the Carolina Panthers, ending his free agency.

Reid, 6-1 and 215 pounds, played the first five seasons of his NFL career with the San Francisco 49ers after being selected by the team in the first round (18th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft. The team just placed safety Da'Norris Searcy on injured reserve last week after he suffered multiple concussions in a short time, so Reid will likely start immediately. "He is a physical safety with good ball skills and play-making ability". "I know how he is as a talent". He claimed that the league and team owners colluded to prevent his employment over his protest activities, The Associated Press reports.

As for Kaepernick, Stills is hopeful, but not certain, that the Reid signing will clear the way for his friend and ally.

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Reid became a free agent when his contract expired in March. "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".

"Honestly, with our injuries I hope he ends up here, " Smith said.

The Panthers are next set to hit the gridiron on October 7 to face off against the New York Giants.

Reid backed Kaepernick while the quarterback chose to kneel during the national anthem starting in 2016.

As the report stands now, Reid and the Panthers did not discuss the safety's stance on the anthem protest moving forward this season and this was a "football move".

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