Remember the guy who split from Malcolm Jenkins and the players coalition due to a difference of opinion?
That’s 26-year-old free agent safety Eric Reid, who remains unsigned as of May 2nd.
Reid is now going the route of his former San Francisco teammate, Colin Kaepernick, and filing a a collusion grievance against the NFL.
ESPN reports that Reid is working with the same attorney who is representing Kaepernick in his case, which was filed last year.
Reid’s grievance is a system arbitrator case that will be adjudicated under the terms of the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement. The claims in Reid’s grievance are similar to those of Kaepernick’s, the source told ESPN.
Reid, if you recall, was one of the first 49ers to join Kaepernick two years ago in kneeling during the national anthem as a form of protest against social injustice and police brutality. He’s taken to Twitter to explain that he feels like teams are avoiding him because of his role in the demonstrations:
The notion that I can be a great signing for your team for cheap, not because of my skill set but because I’ve protested systemic oppression, is ludicrous. If you think is, then your mindset is part of the problem too.
— Eric Reid (@E_Reid35) March 15, 2018
GMs aren’t the hold up broski. It’s ownership. People who know football know who can play. People who know me, know my character. https://t.co/M9ULziZg5V
— Eric Reid (@E_Reid35) March 16, 2018
Some executives apparently have said that the safety market is slow this offseason, which seems to be true. I can’t help but wonder if Reid should have waited for Kenny Vaccaro and Tre Boston to sign before going down this road. It looks like Tyrann Mathieu is the only safety to sign for more than $5.5 million per year so far. Kurt Coleman got $16 million over three years from New Orleans.
Reid has gotten one official visit with the Bengals so far in free agency. Filing the grievance obviously doesn’t help his case, so it’ll be interesting to follow the story.
Ironically, Reid’s brother Justin was taken in the third round of last week’s draft by the Houston Texans. Team owner Bob McNair was the guy who made the remark about “inmates running the prison.” He apologized, then later said he regretted apologizing.
We’ll leave it at that.
I believe that half of the comments section will now incorrectly identify me as a liberal while the other half incorrectly identifies me as a conservative.