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

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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.

The Panthers announced the signing of the free-agent safety to a one-year deal in a press release on Thursday. It took safety Da'Norris Searcy being placed on injured reserve for the Panthers to give him a try.

Reid is a proven NFL player who has started all but one game over a five-year career with the team that selected him in the first-round (No. 18 overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft. He's led a team, played in the Super Bowl. "I know that teams obviously have to be interested in him, and honestly, with our injuries I hope he ends up here". I wanted to do something, but didn't know what or how to do it.

Reid became a free agent when his contract expired in March.

While he is a supremely talented safety, Reid was the first player in the National Football League to join Kaepernick by taking a knee during the anthem.

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The free agent had gone unsigned throughout the offseason and into the start of the regular season despite a solid season playing multiple roles in San Francisco previous year.

San Francisco made Jaquiski Tartt and Adrian Colbert their starters at safety and indicated they were open to bringing Reid back when he hit free agency, but didn't expect he'd join the team as a backup. And I don't think Reid's case is defeated by this. I say during because it's insane that the narrative changed to we were protesting the anthem and that wasn't the case. He's a very physical player who has good ball skills and really good playmaking ability.

"I'm not saying I'm going to stop being active because I won't", Reid said, according to The Washington Post.

Reid backed Kaepernick while the quarterback chose to kneel during the national anthem starting in 2016. We thought that was the right way to go.

The Panthers changed ownership in the most recent offseason, as Jerry Richardson sold the franchise to David Tepper for a reported $2.2 billion. "They're making a football decision, but Eric is also a great man and leader". "It's just wrong, it's dead wrong".

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