The Carolina Panthers made some waves this past season with the signing of safety Eric Reid to a one-year deal. But after an impressive first season in Ron Rivera’s defense, the team decided to give the former Pro Bowler a new contract.
In a statement from the team on Monday, the Panthers announced that they were re-signing Reid to a three-year deal that will keep him through 2021. Per NFL insider Ian Rapoport, the deal is worth upwards of $22 million.
A first-round draft pick in 2013 for the San Francisco 49ers, Reid made the Pro Bowl as a rookie and helped the team reach the NFC Championship Game that same year. However, the end of his tenure with the 49ers was marred by controversy over his decision to kneel during the national anthem alongside quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Eric Reid signs three-year contracthttps://t.co/lYsEjap5Yz
— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) February 11, 2019
As a free agent, Reid reportedly failed to state in interviews if he would stand for the anthem.
Ultimately, he found a home in Carolina and signed his one-year deal on September 27, 2018.
He went on to record 71 tackles, a sack, an interception, and five passes defended.
Unfortunately for Carolina, even with Reid having a strong season, the defense still regressed from the previous season, and finished 19th in points allowed.
Carolina went on to miss the playoffs with a 7-9 record.