49ers Player Who Kneeled With Colin Kaepernick Has Been Signed

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After six months as a free agent, former 49ers safety Eric Reid has finally signed with a team as the Panthers signed him to a contract on Thursday.

Eric Reid, the former San Francisco 49ers' defensive back who kneeled with quarterback Colin Kaepernick, is back in the NFL. The team has said that their conversations with Reid were strictly football related, as his ongoing legal battle does not impact his ability to play this season.

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

Carolina General Manager Marty Hurney said that after he and head coach Ron Rivera checked out their options to fill the spot, "Eric was at the top of our list".

Panthers starting safety Da'Norris Searcy was placed on injured reserve last week with a second concussion in five weeks.

Devin McCourty thought it might be a sign of National Football League owners thawing on the players who were involved in the protests and hoped it might lead to Kaepernick getting another chance to play. He was named to the NFL All-Rookie Team in 2013 and made the Pro Bowl the same year.

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"I'm immensely proud of what all the guys have done that are trying to have a voice for the voiceless", Reid said. "But I don't know".

Stills and Dolphins receiver Albert Wilson have earned weekly praise on social media from Kaepernick for being the only players in the NFL to kneel during the National Anthem before each game this season. And I don't think Reid's case is defeated by this. "The notion that I can be a great signing for your team for cheap, not because of my skill set but because I've protested systemic oppression, is ludicrous". In addition, the Seattle Seahawks offered Reid a one-year deal in August prior to Earl Thomas returning, a source informed of the situation told Trotter.

The Panthers next play October 7 at home against the New York Giants.

"I just spoke to him earlier today before I came in", he said.

Considered by most to be Kaepernick's right-hand man, the two have worked with one another on a lot of off-field projects since Reid last suited up in a game during the 2017 season.

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