Eric Reid, the former San Francisco 49ers' defensive back who kneeled with quarterback Colin Kaepernick, is back in the NFL.
The 26-year-old safety, a former first-round pick in the NFL Draft, had played for the 49ers from 2013-17.
The Carolina Panthers announced this morning that Reid has been signed.
Here's the announcement from the Panthers:
The Panthers have signed free agent safety Eric Reid to a one-year contract.
Reid, 6-1 and 215 pounds, played the first five seasons of his NFL career with the San Francisco 49ers after being selected by the team in the first round (18th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft.
“Eric has been a starting safety in the NFL and has played at a high level throughout his career,” general manager Marty Hurney said. “After we put (safety) Da’Norris Searcy on injured reserve, Ron (Rivera) and I discussed our options, and Eric was at the top of our list. He is a physical safety with good ball skills and play-making ability.”
Reid was the No. 18 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft out of LSU. He was a Pro Bowler and an All-Rookie player in 2013.