The Carolina Panthers and safety Eric Reid have agreed to a three-year contract extension, worth $22 million. Reid was signed by the Panthers during the 2018 regular season after safety Da’Norris Searcy was placed on Injured Reserve due to a concussion. In his 13 starts, Eric Reid totaled 71 tackles, 1 sack, 1 interception, and 5 passes broken up.
Eric Reid signs three-year contracthttps://t.co/lYsEjap5Yz
— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) February 11, 2019
Signing the three-year contract extension could strengthen Reid’s collusion grievance against the NFL. Reid, who was a pro-bowler in 2013, remained unsigned throughout the free agency period in 2018, even being one of the best available safeties.
Reid felt that he went unsigned because of his stance in the social justice protests. Eric Reid was teammates with Colin Kaepernick during his time in San Fransico. Since Reid was signed by the Panthers, he has continued to kneel during the anthem. During his thirteen games with the team, Reid was randomly drug tested by the NFL seven times, according to Reid. The league has said Reid was not targeted for his collusion grievance against the NFL and has not been tested seven times.
With the Panthers signing Eric Reid for three years, they have a pro-bowl caliber safety in the prime of his career at 27-years old. Now that Reid is back in the NFL, seemingly for good, the next step for the NFL is to bring Colin Kaepernick back into the league. Reid, who knows better than anybody what Kaepernick is dealing with, does not believe Kaepernick will play in the NFL again.