Pro-Bowler Eric Reid is no longer off the market. On Thursday afternoon (Sept. 27), the 26-year-old footballer signed a contract with the Carolina Panthers, ESPN reports. He was initially a part of the San Francisco 49ers, alongside the team’s former quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Marty Hurney, the Panthers’ general manager, issued a statement to the sports news website on the safety’s hire. “We made this decision based on the fact that he’s a good football player,” he said. “He’s played at a very high level the last few years. We think he can come in and help us win games.”
Alongside Hurney’s comments, Kaepernick also supported Reid’s return to the league. The activist noted that No. 35 swiftly took a knee with him during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial/social injustice. “He was the 1 ST person 2 kneel alongside me,” Kaepernick wrote on Twitter. “Eric is a social justice warrior, continues to support his family, and communities in need.”
Both Reid and Kaepernick issued a grievance against the NFL via the NFLPA for collusion. ESPN reports both players and their legal teams alleged that NFL team owners were being influenced by Donald Trump to put a clasp on them playing in the league.
Congrats 2 my brother @e_reid35, all pro safety who should have been signed the 1st day of free agency, who has signed a football contract.
He was the 1ST person 2 kneel alongside me. Eric is a social justice warrior, continues to support his family. and communities in need. pic.twitter.com/TsZOaFycYT