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Panthers sign free agent safety Eric Reid

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Carolina Panthers have signed safety Eric Reid on Thursday. He has received a one-year deal from the franchise.

Reid had very little interest after becoming a free agent in March. Reid, along with Colin Kaepernick, protested the national anthem first by kneeling.

Former San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid tackling Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson

Eric Reid tackling Russell Wilson (Getty Images)

Like Kaepernick, Reid also had a collusion lawsuit against the league.

Reid spent the first five seasons of his career with the San Francisco 49ers. He was their first-round pick, 18th overall, in the 2013 NFL Draft.

“Eric has been a starting safety in the NFL and has played at a high level throughout his career,” Panthers general manager Marty Hurney said. “After we put Da’Norris Searcy on injured reserve, Ron [Rivera, Panthers head coach] and I discussed our options, and Eric was at the top of our list. He is a physical safety with good ball skills and play-making ability.”

He previously said that he did not sign with a team in March due to his protests. In April, he worked out with the Cincinnati Bengals, but did not sign with the team.

The Panthers only have three safeties on their active roster. That includes strong safety Colin Jones, along with free safeties Mike Adams and Rashaan Gaulden.

The 26-year-old Geismar, Louisiana native appeared in 13 games, including 12 starts last season. He had 52 tackles, two interceptions, one fumble recovery, and four pass deflections.

He has played primarily free safety in his career. But may play strong safety with the Panthers.

Through 57 career games, he has 251 tackles, 1.0 sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, 10 interceptions, and 35 pass deflections.


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