Panthers Sign Eric Reid Despite Collusion Grievance Against NFL


The NFL Players Association, which supported Reid's grievance against the league, sent its congratulations to Reid.

The Carolina Panthers announced this morning that Reid has been signed.

"A few weeks later, during preseason, my teammate Colin Kaepernick chose to sit on the bench during the national anthem to protest police brutality", he wrote.

Stills said he spoke to Kaepernick, his close friend, on Thursday. 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. "He deserves to play", Stills said.

Coach Kyle Shanahan confirmed Thursday that the 49ers seriously pursued the possibility of re-signing veteran safety Eric Reid. That role in the protests likely contributed to Reid's extended time as a free agent. It's a long time coming.

The Carolina Panthers signed defensive back Eric Reid, who has previously filed a grievance against the NFL accusing the league of colluding to keep him out. During a five-season stretch, Kaepernick started in two NFC Championship Games and one Super Bowl.

"I always knew he'd get signed", Sherman said, via NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco.

The Undefeated contacted officials from several National Football League teams to discuss Kaepernick's prospects.

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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.

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".

"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. "I don't think this is going to make or break his case".

Both players had filed grievances alleging NFL teams had colluded to prevent them playing in the league due to their protests created to highlight racial and social injustices, including the shooting of Black men by US police.

Eric Reid finally found a home.

The Panthers have signed the free agent safety to a one-year contract.

The terms of the deal have not been disclosed.