Panthers re-sign S Reid to three-year deal

Eric Reid didn't have any trouble finding an employer this offseason.

The Carolina Panthers re-signed the veteran safety to a three-year contract after he fit in well when he was added to the team during the 2019 season.

Reid confirmed in a conference call with reporters that the deal is worth more than $22 million.

Reid had 71 tackles and one interception in 13 games for Carolina.

"I feel comfortable here," Reid said in a news release. "I was excited just to get (the deal) done. I fit well into this defense."

Reid remained on the free-agent market last offseason for six months, and he was convinced it was because of his activism against social injustice.

Reid, formerly of the San Francisco 49ers, was one of the first people to join former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in taking a knee during the national anthem.

When there was little interest in his services last offseason -- including a visit to the Cincinnati Bengals in which he was asked if he would continue to kneel for the anthem -- Reid filed a grievance against the NFL in May that is still ongoing.

He also said he was being targeted by the NFL's performance-enhancing drug test program. After a game on Dec. 17, Reid said he underwent his seventh drug test since joining the Panthers.

The 27-year-old Reid played his first five NFL seasons with the 49ers and was a Pro Bowl selection as a rookie in 2013. He has 11 career interceptions in 83 games (82 starts).

He improved the Carolina secondary last season, and coach Ron Rivera was impressed.

"We always knew he was a solid football player, and he showed it to us," Rivera said in the news release.

--Field Level Media

02/11/2019 14:39

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