Panthers sign safety Eric Reid to 1-year deal

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Eric Reid, a defensive back who was formerly a teammate of Colin Kaepernick with the San Francisco 49ers, signed a one-year contract with the Carolina Panthers on Thursday.

The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Reid played the first five seasons of his National Football League career with San Francisco after the 49ers selected him in the first round of the 2013 National Football League draft. He went unsigned, which he has alleged was because of his outspoken political views. "After we put Da'Norris Searcy on injured reserve, Ron (Rivera) and I discussed our options, and Eric was at the top of our list". He claimed that the league and team owners colluded to prevent his employment over his protest activities, The Associated Press reports.

"Obviously I feel he should have been signed the first day of free agency". As a result, he filed a collusion grievance against the National Football League in May. I say during because it's insane that the narrative changed to we were protesting the anthem and that wasn't the case.

"He's a physical safety with good ball skills and he makes plays and he has experience", Hurney said.

"If any really good player wants to come in here on a minimum deal and have a good player to be a backup, that'd be unbelievable".

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NFL Network's Jim Trotter reported the 49ers had expressed interest in bringing Reid back on a multi-year deal. The two were teammates with the San Francisco 49ers in 2017. The Panthers plan on making Reid a starter due to injuries in their secondary. It includes play-time incentives, Pro Bowl incentives and per-game roster bonuses. "Eric is a social justice warrior, continues to support his family. and communities in need". He played well throughout his time there, but still found himself a free agent late in September.

Reid replaces Da'Norris Searcy on the Panthers' lineup.

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

While Hurney said Reid would help the team, he added that it's not yet certain when the safety will see action.

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