- NFL safety Eric Reid has reportedly filed a collusion grievance against the NFL.
- Reid, a former member of the San Francisco 49ers, was one of the first players to join Colin Kaepernick in kneeling during the national anthem to protest social injustice.
- Reid is reportedly using the same attorney as Kaepernick, who also filed a collusion grievance against the NFL.
Former San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid has filed a collusion grievance against the NFL, according to ESPN’s Dan Graziano.
The NFL Players’ Association has confirmed the report.
Graziano reported that Reid is using the same attorney, Mark Geragos, as Colin Kaepernick in his collusion grievance against the NFL.
Reid, 26, became a free agent in March and remains unsigned. Reid was one of the first NFL players to join Kaepernick in kneeling during the national anthem to protest social injustice.
Kaepernick has remained unsigned for over a year. He filed a collusion grievance against the NFL in October.
There hasn’t seemed to be much interest in Reid in free agency, despite being one of the better defensive backs on the market. It was reported in March that Reid met with the Cincinnati Bengals in free agency and was asked about his protests during the national anthem.
Reid’s unemployment may raise more eyebrows than Kaepernick’s. While there have been questions about Kaepernick’s ability as a quarterback or his fit with certain teams due to his specific playing style, Reid has been considered one of the better safeties in the NFL.
49ers cornerback Richard Sherman came to the defence of Reid during his introductory press conference with the team in March, arguing that Reid deserves a contract for playing like one of the top 10 safeties in the NFL.
“We are concerned because he played at a high level for just about every year that he’s played in this league,” Sherman said. “He’s made enough plays to be signed with a team and to make his money. He deserves his money. Safeties make a certain amount. I would think he’s top-five, top-10 safeties in this league, so he deserves to be paid accordingly. So, there is concern there, because you would think a player of his calibre and his quality would be picked up by now.”
Kaepernick’s collusion grievance is ongoing, with several team owners being deposed in the case.
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