Panthers sign safety Eric Reid to 1-year deal

28 September, 2018, 18:28 | Author: Nicole Aguilar
  • Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid

Reid is an ally of Colin Kaepernick, who has filed a similar grievance.

"I'm just happy for him, excited to see him get out on the field and be the impact player that we know he is", Stills said of Reid.

Stills, who protested social and racial injustice himself by kneeling during the national anthem in Miami's season opener against Tennessee on September 9, says the former NFL quarterback had just completed a workout to stay in shape. "He wants to play. He deserves to play". Perhaps, this signing gives Reid an opportunity to prove that teams wouldn't sign him because of his political interests.

Reid and Kaepernick participated in protests during the playing of the national anthem before NFL games to highlight social awareness and racial injustice.

Hurney and Co. signed free agent safety Da'Norris Searcy this offseason to fill the spot previously occupied by Kurt Coleman. It's a long time coming. In the case of the Carolina Panthers, they hit both on the money with today's signing of former 49ers safety Eric Reid.

Starting strong safety Jaquiski Tartt (shoulder) did not practice Thursday, and free safety Adrian Colbert (hip) was limited.

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"I was definitely surprised, for sure", said Stills, who has kneeled during the anthem since the start of the 2016 season.

Kaepernick remains unsigned, but has been back in the news after recently landing an endorsement deal with Nike, which made him the face of a popular new ad campaign.

Safety Eric Reid is back in the National Football League after being unemployed since March.

Smith, who has has defended the right of players to protest, called the 26-year-old Reid a "great leader" and one of the "best men that I know". Asked whether Reid's grievance with the NFL was a factor, he said, "This was a football decision". I think we're making some progress as far as how the owners, teams and GMs are understanding what the protest is about. "Eric is a social justice warrior, continues to support his wife, two handsome daughters and communities in need". "Obviously, I feel like he should've been signed the first day of free agency".

The free agent had gone unsigned throughout the offseason and into the start of the regular season despite a solid season playing multiple roles in San Francisco previous year.

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