The Carolina Panthers have signed former Pro Bowl safety Eric Reid, who along with Colin Kaepernick was one of the first players to protest racial injustice and police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem.
— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) September 27, 2018
Reid’s old teammate Kaepernick, who remains unsigned, tweeted out his congratulations. He added that he believes Reid should have been signed on the first day of free agency.
Congrats 2 my brother @e_reid35, all pro safety who should have been signed the 1st day of free agency, who has signed a football contract.
He was the 1ST person 2 kneel alongside me. Eric is a social justice warrior, continues to support his family. and communities in need. pic.twitter.com/TsZOaFycYT
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) September 27, 2018
Reid spent his entire five-year career with San Francisco, but went unsigned after the end of the 2017 season. He had two interceptions and 52 tackles last season over the course of 13 games, and appeared capable of continuing to play at a high level.
Reid has long aligned himself with another former San Francisco 49ers teammate in Kaepernick, and continued to kneel even after Kaepernick went unsigned. Like Kaepernick, Reid has filed a grievance against the NFL, accusing them of blackballing him for his aggressively pro-protest stance.
It’s unclear what effect the Panthers’ signing will have on that grievance, or whether Reid will continue to protest on the sideline during Panthers games.
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