Former San Fransisco 49ers and LSU Tigers safety Eric Reid has officially been signed to a one year contract with the Carolina Panthers. The five-year man out of Baton Rouge was not resigned when his rookie contract was up at the end of last year by the 49ers largely due to his kneeing during the National Anthem the past two seasons. That's also the reason another team didn't sign him in the off-season, despite having a very solid beginning to his career in San Fran.

The Panthers announced the signing via their Twitter account on Thursday morning:

General Manager Marty Hurney commented on the signing via the team website by saying, "Eric has been a starting safety in the NFL and has played at a high level throughout his career.... After we put (safety) Da'Norris Searcy on injured reserve, (coach) 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 is just 26 years of age, he's had 10 interceptions, 36 passes defended, 264 total tackles, and two forced fumbles. He will certainly be a welcomed addition to the Panthers defensive backfield.


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