CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Carolina Panthers on Monday crammed a giant want within the secondary by re-signing security Eric Reid to a three-year deal that runs by way of the 2021 season.

Reid, 27, was set to turn into an unrestricted free agent after spending a lot of the 2018 season with the Panthers.

Welcome again @E_Reid35‼️#KeepPounding

— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) February 11, 2019

Carolina signed Reid after the third sport final season when security Da’Norris Searcy was positioned on injured reserve with a concussion. He was obtainable as a result of no group signed the 2013 first-round decide by the San Francisco 49ers who grew to become the primary participant to hitch quarterback Colin Kaepernick in kneeling in the course of the nationwide anthem to protest social injustice.

The NFL Gamers Affiliation filed a collusion grievance towards the NFL on Reid’s behalf in Could. The grievance alleged group house owners and the league, influenced by President Donald Trump, colluded to forestall Reid’s employment due to his protests.

“We at all times knew he was a stable soccer participant, and he confirmed it to us,” coach Ron Rivera instructed the group web site.

Reid began the ultimate 13 video games, ending with 73 tackles, 5 passes defenses, one interception and one sack.

Reid stated after a Dec. 17 loss to the New Orleans Saints that he had been chosen for drug testing for the seventh time since signing with Carolina in late September. He implied that the assessments weren’t random as acknowledged within the collective bargaining settlement and that he was being focused due to his collusion grievance towards the NFL.

A joint investigation by the NFL and the NFLPA decided there was no proof that he was focused.

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