Reid, 27, was set to become an unrestricted free agent after spending all of the 2018 season with the Panthers.
— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) February 11, 2019
Carolina signed Reid following the next game when safety Da’Norris Searcy was placed on injured reserve with a concussion. He was also available because no team signed up the 2013 first-round choice by the San Francisco 49ers, who became the first player to join quarterback Colin Kaepernick in kneeling throughout the national anthem to protest social injustice.
The NFL Players Association filed a collusion grievance on Reid’s behalf in May against the NFL. The grievance alleged team owners and the team, influenced by President donaldtrump, colluded to stop the employment because of his protests of Reid.
“We always knew he was a solid football player, and he demonstrated us,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera told that the team website.
Reid started the last 13 games, finishing with 73 tackles, five passes defenses, one interception and one sack.
Reid said following a Dec. 17 loss to the New Orleans Saints that he was selected for drug testing to the very first time since registering Carolina in late September. He implied that the evaluations were not arbitrary that he was being targeted because of his collusion grievance against the NFL and as stated in the collective bargaining agreement.
A joint investigation by the NFL and the NFLPA determined there wasn’t any evidence that he was targeted.