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

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

Eric Reid, one of the first players to take a knee during the national anthem alongside Colin Kaepernick, now has a job in the league he's currently suing.

Wide receiver Torrey Smith - who two days ago was urging the Panthers to sign Reid, after losing safety Da'Norris Searcy to injury last week - said on Thursday, "There is never a wrong time to do the right thing".

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.

Kaepernick tweeted a picture of the two former 49ers teammates laughing with his congratulations about the signing, saying in part Reid "should have been signed the 1st day of free agency" and adding, "He was the 1ST person 2 kneel alongside me".

Panthers general manager Marty Hurney told The Associated Press it was a "football decision" that was approved by new owner David Tepper. "... Ron [Rivera] and I discussed our options, and Eric was at the top of our list". He's a very physical player who has good ball skills and really good playmaking ability.

Reid went unsigned this offseason and was passed over by several teams - including the Titans and Falcons - that were in need of help at safety, CBS Sports reports.

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Browns running back Carlos Hyde, who played with Eric Reid and Colin Kaepernick in San Francisco, was stunned to hear Reid had been signed by the Panthers.

"I think that's good for him", McCourty said Thursday afternoon.

Reid was an All-Pro and All-Rookie player during his rookie season, and last season he started 12 out of the 13 games he played in.

Hurney was out of town, and he wasn't working in the NFL when Reid was selected by the 49ers in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

"I just spoke to him earlier today before I came in", he said. "But I don't know".

Stills says he doesn't "see why a team won't sign him, or hasn't signed him". I don't think it will be in the form of protesting during the anthem.

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