Carolina Panthers sign safety Eric Reid, known for kneeling during national anthem

Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid

Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid

When Kaepernick went unsigned through October, 2017 after opting out of his contract the previous March, he filed a collusion grievance against league owners under the collective bargaining agreement, which argued that Kaepernick was being punished for his protest.

As such, it is expected to play on, much like Reid will now do for the Panthers. If a team signed Kaepernick, just like with Reid, he could still pursue his grievance. One week earlier, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan completed 23 of 28 passes for 272 yards and two touchdowns in a seven-point Carolina loss.

That appeared to be the reason teams stayed away from Reid and Kaepernick - even when Reid said this spring that if he were to be signed he would discontinue his protest while still working in the community to fight social injustice.

"Eric Reid is a Pro-Bowl calibre safety, 26 years old with a first-round pedigree", Smith said, per the Charlotte Observer. 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", he wrote.

"Honestly, with our injuries I hope he ends up here, " Smith said.

"I know how he is, his talent".




And the noise blanketed the caliber of player and person Reid is, too. "We were on the phone - 'What are you doing?' 'I just came from a workout". Reid was one of the leading players who took a knee during the national anthem.

The times they are a-changin'. "I'm not saying I'm going to stop being active because I won't". But he also knelt during the national anthem in protest of racial inequality and police brutality. I say 'during, ' because it's insane that the narrative changed to we were protesting the anthem, and that wasn't the case. We thought that was the right way to go.

Richardson might have made new owner David Tepper contractually obligated to keep the 13-foot statue of Richardson outside Bank of America Stadium, but there was nothing in that $2.275 billion deal telling Tepper how to run the team.

"These are some of the most patriotic people and best people", he said. "They're making a football decision, but Eric is also a great man and leader". I say during because it's insane that the narrative changed to we were protesting the anthem and that wasn't the case.

Hurney and Co. signed free agent safety Da'Norris Searcy this offseason to fill the spot previously occupied by Kurt Coleman.

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