While he is a supremely talented safety, Reid was the first player in the National Football League to join Kaepernick by taking a knee during the anthem. Last season, the NFLPA filed a grievance with the NFL on Reid's behalf, alleging that team owners and the league, influenced by President Donald Trump, colluded to prevent his employment because of his protests.
"Collusion doesn't necessitate a leaguewide conspiracy", McCann wrote.
The Panthers have signed the free agent safety to a one-year contract.
NFL Network's Jim Trotter reported the 49ers had expressed interest in bringing Reid back on a multi-year deal.
After the season, Reid - like Kaepernick - had suspiciously not been signed by any team. Other than the Cincinnati Bengals, whom Reid visited in April, other teams did not show interest in him despite his solid performance with San Francisco, which included a Pro Bowl selection after his rookie season.
"I'm excited for him", said Jason McCourty, who has joined his twin brother and teammate in social and political causes.
"I know how he is, his talent".
"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". He's one of the best men that I've been around.
"I definitely think he helps improve us as a football team and in the secondary".
Smith commented further on Twitter after the news broke Thursday, writing "there is never a wrong time to do the right thing". Reid, along with quarterback Colin Kaepernick, participated in protests during the playing of the national anthem before NFL games to highlight social awareness and racial injustice. That role in the protests likely contributed to Reid's extended time as a free agent. "I don't think he would be that interested in it". I say 'during, ' because it's insane that the narrative changed to we were protesting the anthem, and that wasn't the case. "I don't think this is going to make or break his case".
The Panthers changed ownership in the most recent offseason, as Jerry Richardson sold the franchise to David Tepper for a reported $2.2 billion.
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Teams believe Thibodeau is making counterproposals that he knows franchises will never accept, according to the report. He had previously said that the Brooklyn Nets , New York Knicks and Los Angeles Clippers were at the top of his list.