Justin Reid "immensely proud" of brother signing with Panthers

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Eric Reid, a defensive back who was formerly a teammate of Colin Kaepernick with the San Francisco 49ers, signed a one-year contract with the Carolina Panthers on Thursday.

Reid, 26, was selected by the 49ers in the first round of the 2013 draft and had remained unsigned until this week despite being named to the Pro Bowl as a rookie and remaining relatively healthy throughout his career.

Reid said in March that he wouldn't take a knee during the national anthem when he returned to the field, and would instead raise awareness for social justice causes in other ways. He played in 13 games last season, starting 12, registering 66 tackles, two interceptions, four passes defensed and one fumble recovery.

"Honestly I don't really know". I think he should've been signed a long time ago. "I don't think Reid signing a contract would wipe away" the grievances, Lenz said.

"Eric has been a starting safety in the National Football League and has played at a high level throughout his career", general manager Marty Hurney said.

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The Panthers are in need of help at safety after Da'Norris Searcy was placed on injured reserve due to a concussion.

They signed Dezmen Southward, who was with the team in camp, to the practice squad on Monday and also have safety Cole Luke on the practice squad. The Panthers are the second known team to show interest in Reid.

"He's a physical safety with good ball skills and he makes plays and he has experience", Hurney said.

Reid, an All-Pro safety who last played for the 49ers, inked a deal with the Carolina Panthers that was announced on social media on Thursday. "I'm just going to consider different ways to be active, different ways to bring awareness to the issues of this country and improve on the issues happening in this country". I say 'during, ' because it's insane that the narrative changed to we were protesting the anthem, and that wasn't the case.

Upset over his free agent status in the offseason, Reid accused teams of blackballing him because he participated in the protests during the anthem.

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