Anthem Kneeler Eric Reid Signs $22 Million Contract with Carolina

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Safety Eric Reid signs 3-year deal to return to Panthers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Carolina Panthers on Monday filled a big need in the secondary by re-signing safety Eric Reid to a three-year deal that runs through the 2021 season.

Reid, 27, was set to become an unrestricted free agent after spending most of the 2018 season with the Panthers.

"If anything, it proves my point from past year", Reid said.

"This defense's experience reminds me of my first two years in the league when we had a lot of veterans on the team and the defense played very well", said Reid, referring to his time in San Francisco when the team had a top-five defense and Reid went to the Pro Bowl as a rookie.

Veteran Da'Norris Searcy, who is under contract through 2019, started the first two games of the 2018 season before suffering a concussion that landed him on injured reserve.

Despite signing with the Panthers last season and this additional contract extension, Reid still has a collusion case pending against NFL owners, alleging that he wasn't signed last offseason as a direct result of his 2016 decision to kneel for the national anthem alongside former 49ers teammate Colin Kaepernick in protest of social and racial injustice.

"Knowing what I know my hope tank is on E [empty]", Reid said.

Kaepernick is still out of the league and Reid believes that won't change anytime soon.

"That was probably the toughest thing I've ever had to do - I've never been away from my family for that long, especially my daughters", said Reid.

"We always knew he was a solid football player", head coach Ron Rivera said during the season. "I'm just excited for my family's future".

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