, FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2016, file photo, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, left, and safety Eric Reid kneel during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Santa Clara, Calif. The Carolina Panthers have signed free agent safety Eric Reid to a one-year contract. Terms of the deal were not announced Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
27 of September 2018 18:28:01
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the Eric Reid signing with the Carolina Panthers (all times local):
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.
When told after practice Thursday, Hyde responded, "For real?"
Hyde went on to say he's happy for Reid and "it's been too long" since the safety played in the NFL. Hyde says that "I kind of felt like they was doing him the same way they were doing (Kaepernick), so it's good to see E-Reid got signed."
Reid and Kaepernick participated in protests during the playing of the national anthem before NFL games to highlight social awareness and racial injustice.
Hyde believes an NFL team should sign Kaepernick next.
Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry also was thrilled to hear that his former LSU teammate has a new start in the NFL saying he's "a guy who works hard" and has been productive in this league.
Landry says as the national anthem saga dragged on, he feared Reid might not get another chance.
Texans rookie safety Justin Reid said he's thrilled his older brother Eric Reid is back in the NFL and is "immensely proud" of what he stands for "in trying to have a voice for the voiceless."
Justin Reid said he planned to call his brother to congratulate him after practice Thursday on signing a one-year deal with Carolina.
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 younger Reid said he wants to stay focused on football and helping the Texans win their first game.
Justin Reid said his brother is in good shape and has stayed prepared for this opportunity to rejoin the NFL. He said the Panthers "just got better having him on their squad."
Free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick has offered congratulations on Twitter to former San Francisco 49ers teammate Eric Reid after Reid signed a one-year deal with the Carolina Panthers.
Kaepernick posted Thursday on Twitter that Reid is a "social justice warrior (who) continues to support his family and communities in need." He said Reid was the first person who knelt alongside him for the national anthem, which was done to highlight racial and social injustice.
Kaepernick added that Reid is an "all pro safety who should have been signed the 1st day of free agency."
Eric Reid is back in the NFL.
The Panthers have signed the free agent safety to a one-year contract. Terms of the deal were not announced Thursday.
Reid filed an official grievance letter with the NFL in October of 2017, alleging that team owners and the league colluded to prevent his employment due to his protest activities. 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.
Panthers general manager Marty Hurney told The Associated Press it was a "football decision" that was approved by new owner David Tepper.
Reid is expected to start right away after the Panthers placed Da'Norris Searcy on injured reserve last week.
The Panthers have a bye this week.
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