Why the injury-riddled 49ers did not sign Eric Reid

Panthers sign safety Reid

NFL's other unemployed anthem-kneeler finally finds a team

Former San Francisco 49er Eric Reid signed on to the Carolina Panthers for one year after the 49ers did not resign him, according to ESPN.

"Eric Reid is a Pro-Bowl calibre safety, 26 years old with a first-round pedigree", Smith said, per the Charlotte Observer. 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.

The Panthers needed safety help after putting starter Da'Norris Searcy on injured reserve last week.

Reid is expected to start for the Panthers after they placed starting safety Da'Norris Searcy on injured reserve this week. "He is a physical safety with good ball skills and play-making ability".

Reid joined former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in kneeling during the national anthem in 2016, to protest social injustice and police brutality.

Reid's contract with the Niners expired in 2017, and in May 2018, he filed a collusion grievance against the NFL, claiming the league's owners conspired to avoid signing him due to his protests.

The Pro Bowler became a free agent this past offseason after starting 12 of 13 games for the 49ers. Proceedings for both are still underway.

This story will be updated. "He's played at a very high level the last few years".

"I think he comes in and helps our football team". Eric is a good player, he's a good person. One fan asked if this might be the best Carolina defense in its history.

Reid, who according to Hurney is in "pretty wonderful shape", helps the Panthers immediately, joining a defensive backfield that features third-year cornerback James Bradberry, rookie cornerback Donte Jackson and veteran safety Mike Adams.

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".

The Panthers recently were purchased by billionaire businessman David Tepper, who in September announced his support for National Football League players who were raising awareness of social issues, and criticised those who would question their patriotism. For many reasons, it made sense for the Panthers to add Reid to their roster.

"He'll come in and take part in practice Monday, and it will be a coaching decision as to when they think he'll be ready to go", Hurney said.

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