Carolina Panthers sign Eric Reid, who knelt with Colin Kaepernick during anthem

Carolina Panthers sign Eric Reid, who knelt with Colin Kaepernick during anthem

New England Patriots safety Devin McCourty, who has supported Reid and former Niners teammate Colin Kaepernick in their protests against racial inequality and police brutality, said he was glad to see Reid back on an National Football League roster. He played in 13 games last season, starting 12, registering 66 tackles, two interceptions, four passes defensed and one fumble recovery.

It is still unclear what Reid's signing means for the proceedings.

Considered by most to be Kaepernick's right-hand man, the two have worked with one another on a lot of off-field projects since Reid last suited up in a game during the 2017 season.

Panthers General Manager Marty Hurney told ESPN brought on Reid as "a football decision", and not because of Reid's grievance. "After we put Da'Norris Searcy on injured reserve, Ron (Rivera) and I discussed our options, and Eric was at the top of our list".

"He's a physical safety with good ball skills and he makes plays and he has experience", Hurney said. "I know how he is as a talent". In May, Reid filed a collusion grievance against the NFL alleging he has been kept out of the league due to his political stance. He's lead a team, played in a Super Bowl.

"If any really good player wants to come in here on a minimum deal and have a good player to be a backup, that'd be unbelievable".

Stills says he doesn't "see why a team won't sign him, or hasn't signed him".

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

The Panthers have a bye this week and next play at home on October 7 against the New York Giants.

When asked if he thinks his brother was not signed earlier by NFL teams because of his decision to protest social and racial injustice during the national anthem, Justin Reid said "I'm going to try and defer away from that".

The NFL Players Association also congratulated Reid, with its president, Eric Winston, saying, "Our union is proud to stand by one of its strongest player leaders and we congratulate Eric for making it back to dong the job he loves".