Eric Reid Signs With Carolina Panthers

NFL free-agent Eric Reid was signed to the Carolina Panthers Thursday after filing a grievance for not being re-signed by the San Fransisco 49ers. Colin Kaepernick shared the news on social media and congratulated his friend.

In 2016, Reid was the first player to join former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial inequality and police brutality.

ESPN reports —

In May, the NFLPA filed a grievance with the NFL on Reid’s behalf, alleging that team owners and the league, influenced by President Donald Trump, colluded to prevent his employment because of his protests. Kaepernick, who filed a similar grievance in October 2017, remains unsigned.

Reid will replace veteran Da’Norris Searcy, who last week was placed on injured reserve after suffering his second concussion in a month.

The Panthers gave Reid a one-year deal worth up to $2 million with play-time and Pro Bowl incentives, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. He will earn $1 million in base salary, with $390,000 in 46-man roster bonuses for a total of $1.39 million. and then the play-time and Pro Bowl incentives.

Panthers general manager Marty Hurney told ESPN on Thursday that the team began exploring its options Monday and brought Reid in to meet with the staff on Wednesday. Asked whether Reid’s grievance with the NFL was a factor, he said, “This was a football decision.”

“We made this decision based on the fact he’s a good football player,” Hurney told ESPN. “He’s played at a very high level the last few years. We think he can come in and help us win games.”

A source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Reid’s grievance against the NFL is expected to proceed.


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