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NFL free agency: Panthers sign Eric Reid to 1-year deal | NFL

Eric Reid has a job in the NFL once again.

The Panthers on Thursday announced they have signed the free-agent safety to a one-year deal. Financial details were not disclosed.

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. He logged 66 tackles, two interceptions, four passes defensed and one fumble recovery in 13 games last season.

The NFLPA filed a grievance with the NFL on behalf of Reid as he alleges he had been blackballed because he took a knee with then-teammate Colin Kaepernick in protest during the national anthem.

Panthers wide receiver Torrey Smith had previously lobbied for Reid to come to Carolina to replace veteran safety Da’Norris Searcy, who was placed on injured reserve last week.

“Eric has been a starting safety in the NFL and has played at a high level throughout his career,” Panthers general manager Marty Hurney said in a statement. “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 is a physical safety with good ball skills and play-making ability.”

The Panthers, on a bye in Week 4, will next host the Giants at 1 p.m. ET on Oct. 7.



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