49ers’ Eric Reid Says Teams Will Avoid Signing Him During Free Agency Due To Anthem Protest

When Colin Kaepernick first decided to start kneeling during the anthem in protest of social and racial injustices in America, 49ers safety Eric Reid was one of the first players to join him int he protest.

Kaepernick is still a free agent and it’s in large part because of his decision to kneel. Now, Reid feels he will receive similar results when the 49ers safety hits free agency after this season.

Reid told ESPN’s Nick Wagoner:



“I would say I understand that’s a possibility and I’m completely fine with it. The things that I’ve done, I stand by, and I’ve done that for my own personal beliefs. Like I said, I’m fine with whatever outcome happens because of that.”

“It’s a possibility,” he said of teams refusing to negotiate with him. “There are probably teams that won’t want to talk to me because of it. I’m hopeful that I will be on a team next year, but if not, again, that’s OK with me.”

Reid is widely regarded as a prominent safety in the NFL but is not as high profiled as his close friend, Kaepernick. Reid was the 49ers first round pick in 2013 and has played his entire five-year career with the team. He made the Pro Bowl during his rookie season and has racked up 312 tackles and 10 interceptions during his career.