Colin Kaepernick Remains Ready To Play In NFL

Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid

Eric Reid, the first National Football League player to join Colin Kaepernick's protest against racial injustice in the United States, has signed with the Carolina Panthers. Reid was one of the leading players who took a knee during the national anthem. He played in 13 games last season, starting 12, registering 66 tackles, two interceptions, four passes defensed and one fumble recovery.

The unsung hero in the Eric Reid signing is the NEW owner of the Carolina Panthers who's changing team culture in a BIG way.so says Panthers legend Jon Beason. "After we put Da'Norris Searcy on injured reserve, (coach) Ron (Rivera) and I discussed our options, and Eric was at the top of our list". "He's a hell of a safety, a really good player".

As for Reid, who filed his grievance in May, he was mum during the hoopla on Thursday, declining comment through the Panthers and not weighing in on social media except to re-tweet Kaepernick.

Special teams standout Colin Jones and rookie Rashaan Gaulden split snaps in Searcy's former spot during Sunday's 31-21 victory over the Bengals.

"Eric Reid is a Pro-Bowl caliber safety, 26-years old with a first-round pedigree", Smith said.

"I'm immensely proud of what all the guys have done that are trying to have a voice for the voiceless", Reid said. "I hope so. I don't know". And I don't think Reid's case is defeated by this.

As for Kaepernick, Stills is hopeful, but not certain, that the Reid signing will clear the way for his friend and ally.

"I always knew he'd get signed", Sherman said, via NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco.

Any move the 49ers would have made to add a safety at this point in the season would have been to fill a temporary need for a starter. In collusion grievances, the friends and former San Francisco 49ers teammates allege owners conspired to keep them unemployed due to their political activism.

Eric Reid, right, has signed a one-year contract with the Carolina Panthers. Reid could also quickly swoop in as a key part of their secondary while stabilizing that unit of the defense moving forward this season.

The Carolina Panthers (2-1) signed Reid on Thursday, posting videos and images touting the new addition to their defense.

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