By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Free agent safety Eric Reid is alleging that NFL owners will not sign him because of his protests. After the protests that his former teammate Colin Kaepernick started, Reid continued the protests by taking a knee during the national anthem.
Kaepernick has not been signed by NFL owners because he alleges due to the protests. Reid, who has had two days to negotiate with teams, said he has not received any contract offers, or even arranged any free agent visits.
Reid said in Dec., that he was aware that he could have the protests held against him. He said, “I’m fine with whatever outcome happens.”
While Reid remains unsigned, many of the top free agent safeties are also unsigned. These include Tyrann Mathieu, Morgan Burnett, Kenny Vaccaro, Tre Boston, and Tyvon Branch.
Reid, 26, who played college football at LSU, spent the last five seasons with the 49ers. This season, he played in 13 games, including 12 starts. He had 52 tackles, four pass deflections, two interceptions, and a four pass deflections.
He has not played in a full season since the 2015 season. He’s made 69 out of 70 starts in his career.
With the 49ers, he’s had 264 tackles, 1.0 sacks, 10 interceptions, 36 pass deflections, two forced fumbles, and three fumble recoveries.
According to a New York Times story, written by Reid, he said the reason why Kaepernick and Reid began to kneel because of the “incredible number of unarmed black people being killed by police. The posts on social media deeply disturbed me, but one in particular brought me to tears: the killing of Alton Sterling in my hometown Baton Rouge, La. This could have happened to any of my family members who still live in the area. I felt furious, hurt and hopeless. I wanted to do something, but didn’t know what or how to do it. All I knew for sure is that I wanted it to be respectful as possible”
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