NFL's Panthers sign Eric Reid, who joined Kaepernick in anthem protests

28 September, 2018, 18:28 | Author: Isabel Grant
  • Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid

Reid said in March that he wouldn't take a knee during the national anthem when he returned to the field, and would instead raise awareness for social justice causes in other ways. He played well throughout his time there, but still found himself a free agent late in September.

- Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) September 27, 2018The Panthers have signed free agent safety Eric Reid to a one-year contract.

Panthers general manager Marty Hurney told The Associated Press it was a "football decision" that was approved by new owner David Tepper.

Reid is expected to start for the Panthers after they placed starting safety Da'Norris Searcy on injured reserve this week. He's a very physical player who has good ball skills and really good playmaking ability. What's notable about the transaction is that it came two months after Reid filed a collusion claim against the National Football League, alleging that he had been effectively black-balled during the 2018 offseason for his social justice protests.

The former LSU standout safety also was in talks with the Tennessee Titans before flight issues led to the team's signing of former New Orleans Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro.

Kaepernick congratulated his Reid on Twitter, saying Reid "should have been signed the 1st day of free agency".

Reid is now involved in a lawsuit against the NFL. "People who know me, know my character". "He's good enough to play, obviously". "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".

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He said he later approached Kaepernick and that the two chose to kneel during the national anthem "as a peaceful protest".

Stills says he doesn't "see why a team won't sign him, or hasn't signed him".

Eric Reid, right, has signed a one-year contract with the Carolina Panthers.

"Both of those guys should be playing, " Smith said of Reid and Kaepernick.

According to a report by Jim Trotter, Carolina didn't even ask Reid if he plans to continue demonstrating.

The Panthers, on a bye in Week 4, will next host the Giants at 1 p.m. ET on October 7.

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