Colin Kaepernick Congratulates Eric Reid, Shoulda Been Signed Sooner!

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The Carolina Panthers' decision to sign free agent safety Eric Reid to a one-year deal, announced on Thursday, was about football, according to general manager Marty Hurney and head coach Ron Rivera.

Reid played for the 49ers for five seasons before becoming a free agent after the 2017 season. In his career, he has started in all but one of his first 70 games while racking up 375 tackles, 10 interceptions, 34 passes defensed, two forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries.

"Eric Reid is a Pro-Bowl caliber safety, 26-years old with a first-round pedigree", Smith said.

The Panthers were in need of a proven safety because veteran Da'Norris Searcy was placed on injured reserve after suffering his second concussion in a month.

"He's a physical safety with good ball skills and he makes plays and he has experience", Hurney said. After joining former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in 2016 in kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial equality and police brutality, the NFLPA filed a greivance with the NFL on Reid's behalf last season.

The NFL Players Association filed a grievance with the league last season which claimed that league and team owners conspired against Reid to keep him from being employed in response to his protests. Proceedings for both are still underway.

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The Carolina Panthers signed Reid on Thursday, picking up a Pro Bowl defender a quarter of in Week 4.

This story will be updated. "I hope that's something that can happen for us, because I know with the injuries that we have he could help this team".

The NFL Players Association also congratulated Reid, with its president, Eric Winston, saying, "Our union is proud to stand by one of its strongest player leaders and we congratulate Eric for making it back to dong the job he loves". If this is something where they come and talk to me about him I'll be glad to talk about him as a player, as a person.

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

The Panthers changed ownership in the most recent offseason, as Jerry Richardson sold the franchise to David Tepper for a reported $2.2 billion. "I think you'd have to be foolish not to understand why he hasn't received a call".

The Panthers made the smart move for their football team.

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