Panthers Sign Eric Reid Despite Collusion Grievance Against NFL

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The Carolina Panthers announced the signing of safety Eric Reid to a one-year contract on Thursday.

Reid, 26 years old, had played his entire five-year career with the 49ers until he became a free agent this off-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.

"Everybody we sign we ask if he has the skill set and if he helps us win football games - and we feel the answer is yes", Hurney said of Reid.

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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. 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.

Reid filed an official grievance letter with the NFL in October of 2017, alleging that team owners and the league colluded to prevent his employment due to his protest activities.

"Congratulations to my brother [Eric Reid], an all pro safety who should have been signed the first day of free agency, who has signed a football contract", Kaep posted.

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The Panthers were looking for an opportunity to improve the safety position, and Eric Reid was looking for an opportunity to return to the field.

This story will be updated. In October previous year, he filed an official grievance letter with the NFL. Reid and Colin Kaepernick have been at the center of the protests featuring kneeling during the national anthem, with both players involved in a collusion lawsuit against the league. "And he's one of the best men that I know". But his deal largely is a sign that one owner is breaking ranks from the group-think that believes football's flat-lining popularity is caused by politics alone. However, Panthers owner David Tepper has been outspoken against Trump, making it unsurprising Carolina would be the team to bring Reid back into the NFL. "We were on the phone - 'What are you doing?' 'I just came from a workout. I don't think he would be that interested in it". For many reasons, it made sense for the Panthers to add Reid to their roster.

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