Eric Reid sees what’s happening around him

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Eric Reid called his shot months ago.

The 49ers safety said in December he anticipated teams shying away him in free agency because of his politics and his willing to speak about them.

“I wouldn’t use the word concerned,” Reid said then. “I would say I understand that’s a possibility. And I’m completely fine with it. The things that I’ve done, I stand by, and I’ve done that for my own personal beliefs. Like I said, I’m fine with whatever outcome happens because of that.”

And now that free agency is open (and nearly closed), the outspoken safety hasn’t heard a peep and he suspects he knows why.

Reid followed up to another tweet suggesting General Managers around the league might pass on him, saying: “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.”

Reid was one of the first players to take a knee alongside quarterback Colin Kaepernick to protest racial inequality and police brutality. Kaepernick’s contract expired and he went away, but Reid continued to take knees, and to then play and play well for the 49ers last year. He even shifted to linebacker out of team need when injuries hit, and is the kind of versatile defender most teams would be lining up for.

But so far, of all the visits and signings we’ve chronicled here at PFT the last week, the only mention of Reid’s name is in our PFT Top 100 Free Agent List. Only 15 players on that list are higher than Reid and still available. In fairness, the safety market is slow, with Earl Thomas potentially available for trade and Tyrann Mathieu on the street along with safeties including Kenny Vaccaro, Morgan Burnett, and Tre Boston.

But it hardly seems a coincidence that Reid’s phone isn’t ringing, and if it continues to not ring, he’ll know why.

109 responses to “Eric Reid sees what’s happening around him

  1. Im not allowed to do anything like this at my job, why does he think its ok? Do that on your own time.

  2. Which is why it is a good rule of thumb not to bring politics into the work place. Only cost Reid a few mil or so to learn that little lesson.

  3. Actions have consequences. You protested. Now teams are protestng against you. You don’t have to like it…but don’t complain about it.

  4. I’m confused.

    Reid said, “I would say I understand that’s a possibility. And I’m completely fine with it. The things that I’ve done, I stand by, and I’ve done that for my own personal beliefs. Like I said, I’m fine with whatever outcome happens because of that.”

    So he’s made his decision, stands by it, and is cool with whatever happens from it.

    Then (later?) said, “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.”

    So he’s no longer cool with whatever happens from it now?

  5. Employing Reid wouldn’t sit well with a portion of the customer base. Reid had a choice and he’s reaping what he has sewn. Whether his protest was just or not is irrelevant. He protested his beliefs in a company uniform on company time. Potential employer’s are wary of that and are understandably having second thoughts about employing Reid despite his talents.Just because one has the right to do something doesn’t mean one should exercise that right.

  6. I personally hope that he doesn’t play another down in the NFL. As a retired sonar technician chief that served my country on board submarines for 20 years, I felt what he and several others did was a slap in the face to me and thousands like me. Made his bed, now lie in it. Playing in the NFL is a privilege, not a right…

  7. Maybe he shouldn’t have used his job to promote his views. That’s the problem with these athletes and what they don’t get. They are blessed to be playing a game as a job and getting paid a ton for it. Get your @ss out into the real work world and see what the real work world is like. I don’t have a problem with his stance, I have a problem with the platform he used to get his message out and a HUGE problem with doing in the faces of those who lost their lives for this country. I hope he enjoys his time off with his teammate.

  8. Reid’s phone isn’t ringing, and if it continues to not ring, he’ll know why.
    _________________________________________________________________________
    The things that I’ve done, I stand by, and I’ve done that for my own personal beliefs, “I’m fine with whatever outcome happens because of that.”

    ________________________________________________________________________
    So why have a conversation at all about it all then, What you did was unpopular
    with fans and ownership and you knew it.

  9. There are better safeties available in free agency and cheaper versions in the draft. Reid can’t say it’s because of his protesting like Kaepernick could because Kaepernick was better than some players at his position that had jobs

  10. Show us the data as part of a comprehensive provable essay on this ‘systemic oppression’ and we’ll fight it together Eric.

    From what most intellectually honest people can gather from statistics, it doesn’t exist. Further, if you fall for a disprovable narrative it does call into question your decision making skills and that factors in on your desirability as a player.

  11. Now you have plenty of your own time to protest, instead of on your employers dime. If you had any character you would stand and respect our flag. This brainchild just doesn’t get it.

  12. If all these players were doing is protesting police brutality and racial inequality, nobody would be shying away from good players.

    The fact that they are choosing to do it during the national anthem is the problem. Not that it necessarily disrespects the flag and/or military, but that it is PERCEIVED that it disrespects the flag and/or military.

    There are a lot of people who perceieve the Confederate flag represents racism. Many others feel it is a symbol of an overstepping of bounds onto the states by a parent country.

    I don’t understand how a person can have a strong opinion about one of these two issues, but cannot have (at least) some empathy for the other.

  13. Christopher says:
    March 16, 2018 at 7:14 am
    Ridiculous. Come on NFL ownership, this doesn’t look good!—————————————————————————————————————————————– I think it is awesome.

  14. “I wouldn’t use the word concerned,” Reid said then. “I would say I understand that’s a possibility. And I’m completely fine with it.

    Well obviously that’s a lie.

  15. Reid playing everyone like their idiots. Okay, so he has a bad season and knowing this puts out the initial statement. So it’s just a self-fulfilling prophecy and everyone can see through it.

  16. I don’t think it is about his protesting at all. Michael Bennett has been at more vocal and is older, the Eagles actually traded for him.

    This is about ability, the market, and his pay demands. There are other safeties on the market that are either better or cheaper. His tweet alone tells us that he wants a big payday. With the market how it is and the draft loaded like it is, where are the huge paydays for many positions?

    I see Bell has gotten his huge payday right, oh wait he will probably have to play on the FT again.

    At a time where in MLB the players are whining about vets not getting huge paydays, why are we surprised that the GMs in the NFL are coming to the same realization or at least some of them. Even Cousins, we heard all of that talk about the Astronomical contract he was going to get, but his wasn’t horrible by comparison. So someone like Reid who is an above average but not great player in a position that is flooded with options, and wants a huge payday shouldn’t be surprised that he hasn’t gotten any calls yet.

    On a related note, it is even mentioned how there are 15 higher rated FAs out there just on the ProFootball Talk FA board. That doesn’t mention any other boards that might have him with a lower rank.

    And him trying to insinuate that it is because of his protesting and being aggressive about it by trying to call out the owners is a surefire way to get teams to not want to touch him, that is GMs included. Business 101 – if a potential candidate is bagging on your boss before you interview him, don’t call him in for the interview, that could be bad for your job.

  17. 63deuceman probably had the best comment on the issue, of those that got past the moderators, anyway.

    I predict he will be signed at some point because I don’t think the football reasons used against CK will hold up in his case, and there might be some behind the scenes politicking with the league office.

    Even if he’s not signed, he won’t be the first guy to play a handful of seasons while still showing that he can play and not get signed for any number of reasons. So there is still a level of plausible deniability, no matter how low.

  18. If he was taking a knee for everyone regardless of skin color who is/was systematically “oppressed”, it would be an inclusive protest. Identity politics immediately divides and does absolutely nothing other to help anyone “come together”

  19. The idea you wouldn’t want to hire someone because they believe in a just cause is a reasonable thing to be upset about. I would be curious to the amount of people who don’t watch games because of this stuff. I think a lot of people talk a big game, but then sit down and watch anyways.

    I hate the lack of catch rule/replay/lack of concern for player safety, and I voice that; but I still watch more than I’d like too or maybe let on. I think there are a number of reasons people are starting to tune out. But blackballing a guy for having a view on social issues is stupid, especially if winning is the ultimate goal.

  20. “I’m completely fine with it” Okay, then shut up and deal with it. Eric Reid was able to see the signs that the climate was a little too unstable to be using a football field as an alter to preach. Here’s the deal bro, nobody tunes into a football game to watch a protest and owners are aware of how much of an issue it is financially when so many players are distracting viewers from the actual game. No one is saying you can’t protest. That’s your right, but I can’t think of a lot of professions that would allow people to openly conduct it during work hours. And the excuse by defending it because you’re a famous athlete and should be able to exploit this platform is garbage. The same people who love you will undoubtedly follow you when you are not working. Thank you Colin Kaepernick for opening Pandora’s box.

  21. In fairness, the safety market is slow, with Earl Thomas potentially available for trade and Tyrann Mathieu on the street along with safeties including Kenny Vaccaro, Morgan Burnett, and Tre Boston.

    Until the Honey Badger is signed, I see this as a non-story…

  22. lol is this dude crying about not being signed because of protest when the team that didn’t resign him just signed richard sherman who was a bigger protestor? dude please, you are an average saftey who will probably get a call closer to training camp or preseason

  23. Maybe Reid can explain to us why the Eagles were willing to trade for Michael Bennett even though he’s both a kneeler and a liar.

    Sure, some teams devalue the kneelers, but that’s probably only 20% of the overall decision. The other 80% is based on the more traditional metrics such as talent and effort and medical history.

  24. “But blackballing a guy for having a view on social issues is stupid, especially if winning is the ultimate goal.”

    I get what you’re saying but although it’s an awesome cliche, winning isn’t the only consideration for these teams. If it was, Greg Hardy would still have a job, Ray Rice would still have a job, Michael Vick would have had numerous offers, etc, etc. Team ownership and GMs balance the talent with bad PR and other related issues players bring. In this 24/7 media driven world, it’s a necessity. To single out Reid literally 2 days into free agency is more about driving the “collusion” agenda, than reality. He is likely to get offers and will make visits, though he is more than aware he decreased his appeal to teams because of the stand he made and the negative PR backlash it caused. That is just the reality of today’s NFL. As stated and brushed over in the article. There are numerous safeties available, of which have not received offers and made visits. Nor is he the top safety on the market. The market is slow for his positions right now. To single one out at this point is just opportunistic. Reid will have a job because he’s good. It will just likely be at a lower salary than before, because of the negative PR he now brings.

  25. Yeah, I remember when he said…“And I’m completely fine with it. The things that I’ve done, I stand by, and I’ve done that for my own personal beliefs”. Now all of a sudden he’s whining because he’s just now understanding there are consequences for actions. So much for being “fine” with it. Boohoo. Everyone with a real job realizes they can’t do things to make the boss mad or you’ll be looking for a job. Eric Reid doesn’t get that yet. Maybe he can go to the CFL and see how much they like to watch him kneel during the Canadian anthem. I wonder how long it would take them to get rid of him. He made his bed. Now it’s time for him to sleep in it.

  26. He has a right to protest…just like the owners have the right to hire or not hire. To make it short, an owner of any business isn’t going to hire people who damage their reputation and/or bottom line.

  27. I, as many others do, have an opinion about this issue. We know improvements are needed. But,why waste time with folks who have a permanently closed mind? You bet owners are involved; they see the results of this type of protest. It is against the USA, period. No thanks here.

  28. Reality sucks! Athletes can make a difference by bringing their cause to the community not the workplace. These protests where a lazy way to get noticed and what did they accomplish?

  29. Reid was the 4th best safety on the team and only got his job back because of injuries. It really is that simple

  30. Agree totally with feckyerlife, the fact that people like Bennett and Sherman get hunted by teams proves Reid’s (and Krappernick’s) point 100% wrong.

    But Reid & pals need to understand that pro-sports is entertainment, paid for by the customers or by sponsorship that ultimately seeks Joe Public’s other monies too. As such, you have to accept that if you do something publicly contentious to some/many of Joe Public, your paymasters have a right to be concerned about potentially risking/poisoning that money-tree.

  31. im not sure I would announce that to think my price would be low would be a problem with mindset as that would not be conducive to getting business offers. Even if I had no intention of giving any deals I dont think I would say that in a public announcement. Putting aside any other statements he made that could be factors here (not ready to say either way) that one about the price is going to entice people to check out other candidates before coming your way. Self marketing 101.

    Also when FA has only been open a short while and there is a good sized list of guys still out there its a bit arrogant to be yapping that you werent snapped up. So far the only signings are from the teams whos strategy is to get out in front of everyone for certain players they have coveted. There are a number of teams deliberately sitting back (think of who you have not heard from) letting that dust settle before they take their more thoughtful approach to looking at who to get. Even teams that made day one splashes can be sitting back after that initial preplanned move before they do the rest.

  32. You make a political stance on your employer’s dime and then wonder why there are ramifications? Maybe you should be tested for CTE.

  33. Now he can dedicate himself full time to fighting social injustice by actually getting out into the world and doing something instead of getting paid millions of dollars to play football. Good for Eric Reid!

  34. I am all for social activism but when you bring it into the workplace, you take a big chance. The first A guarantees free speech but doesn’t guarantee that a person will be free from negative consequences as a result of asserting that right. Especially, at a workplace and especially if you negatively affect the business. I am as a far from a R as you can get at this point and I did watch the NFL all year. However, a certain segment was very upset and did NOT watch. That is there right as well.

    Malcolm Jenkins was very vocal and kneeled as well. He also has spent a ton of time in the community giving back and is a hard nosed player. That probably bought him some slack from Eagles fans who might have been upset. He stopped kneeling after meeting with Goodell and being assured that the NFL would be active in regards to certain social issues.

    In the end, the NFL should have the anthem sung before the players come to the field. The players should respect the workplace and not risk the product. Social activism should be outside the confines of the field unless it is directly related to something that happens with an owner, coach or whatever. Like the Clippers a few years back with their owner.

    I feel realize this is a post everyone on both sides will hate.

  35. Hey Eric, your not an elite S not a very good S. Your better than average. Your skill set does not outweigh your concussion issues AND having to deal with your distractions. If you were a more skilled player teams would be calling. Reality check

  36. I’d be more sympathetic to Reid if I thought he truly understood what and why he was protesting.

  37. “GMs aren’t the hold up broski. It’s ownership.”

    Yep. And ownership has it’s privileges

    One of which is to only hire people that you want working for you. Don’t like it? Buy your own team and hire whomever you want.

  38. If his protesting is the reason his phone ain’t ringing (and he most assuredly can’t prove that) he’s got no one to blame but himself. Pointing fingers at the owners and everyone else?
    Yeah, that ought to help. Might just be because you’re a thoroughly pedestrian safety, Eric.

  39. Good job on kneeling guy! Also, outside of costing yourself millions of dollars what do you think you accomplished?

    The GM’s agree with the 48th placement. As in 48th best safety available…

  40. Fans warned players about the financial impact this would have on them directly. We spoke up immediately and loudly. Reid chose his own fate in the face of that, likely choosing to believe that the fans were just angry and had no conviction behind their beliefs.

    Wrong….

  41. Shut up! Fact is, you aren’t that good. He lost his starting spot last year and the 49ers tried to change him into a linebacker because he can’t cover. He has a history of concussions. And this is coming from a lifelong 49er fan. Good riddance.

  42. Reid, never really lives up to his hype. Not that great of a hitter get concussion easily. Huge distraction to the team. Now for my favorite, blows out Bowman’s knee.
    Buh bye. He had a lot to say. A lot of nothing to say.

  43. Read, re-read, and re-read the first amendment. No where in there does it say anything about your employer having to put up with your “free speech” if it effects their business. You can say and believe whatever you want, but keep in mind your employer has the right to let you go or not hire you if your nonsense effects their business in a negative way. You better be cool with it because that is the way it is. Get a clue manchild, before exercising your free speech.

  44. You know what’s happening? He’s the FOURTH BEST SAFETY on the market, that’s what’s happening. TWO OF THEM ARE TOP-10 RATED FA’s and they, and the third-best, also don’t have jobs.

    Safety isn’t a priority position in FA. Especially for a Tier II guy who really isn’t very good at covering.

  45. Football is a physical and unforgiving sport. Every year a influx of new gladiators are eargly awaiting their audition to the main stage. A players window of opportunity is brief, thats why I don’t begrudge them for going after advertising(contract) coin available. With that being said, they should be squirreling away every penny earned, utilizing their new found fame to rub elbows with those who can create after football business ventures and newly created revenue streams. The body does depreciate.Look to the future young Men, football and fame is fleeting, become a “owner” of your own enterprise. Their is life after football. Lastly, utilize that useless NFLPA to advance your social agenda so that you don’t have a bullseye placed on your back and become blackballed even though you mean well and are cruxified publicly for your stance. Haters will always hate.

  46. Or he is a safety with 10-ints and 2-FF in 5-seasons. Let’s say he’s been played effectively as a linebacker, he’s had 1-sack in 5-years and averages about 50 tackles per year.

    He sounds exactly like the sort of player who has to wait a while before teams get around to looking at him in free agency.

    Maybe the attitude, that he should be a priority free agent and that he isn’t because he’s being persecuted will make him less attractive to teams than similarly talented players. Strangely, entitled job candidates who make blanket accusations about how their potential employers are probably going to treat them unfairly will tend to be considered less favorably.

  47. I am playing Devil’s advocate here, but people have the argument “Don’t make political statements on your employers time.” However, these are more than political, they are also social awareness.

    Many employers/employees already do this. If you support, just for example The Salvation Army, you may have your cheque deducted, or possibly you go as a group to do volunteer work. That is all great, and we need these things in our communities. But it is a social statement and a political statement as well. These organizations all have political ties and are usually funded by some type of public money.

    So the owners don’t like the fact that the social/political statements do not line up with their values – that is the bigger issue in my mind. No matter what side of the fence you are on.

  48. Then he should notice none of the top safeties have been signed. $10 says missing 12 games in the last 2 years has more to do with teams not wanting him than anything else.

  49. I love it. This place reeks of misplaced fear…….

    Look around you…….WE are not what you need to fear!

  50. I had no idea Kaepernick’s contract expired, I was always under the impression he opted out. Granted he would have been cut but that is also much different than a contract expiring, agenda anyone?

  51. Maybe Eric Reid should get a lawyer and make collusion claims against the very people who might have signed him to a contract. It’s worked so well for Kaepernick.

  52. orangecrush78 says:
    March 16, 2018 at 10:24 am
    I am playing Devil’s advocate here, but people have the argument “Don’t make political statements on your employers time.” However, these are more than political, they are also social awareness.

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    I’m sorry but explain to me how they differ. SJW’s go hand-in-hand with politics. You can’t have one without the other. Case in point is I have 0 sympathy for these players. They are crying about not making millions of dollars to play a child’s game.

    Should also be noted their whole “reason” for protesting has not had one consistent theme. It’s changed from racial inequalities to police brutality to the military? Makes as much sens as the women’s march where no one is on the same page for why they’re actually there other than to be a part of something.

  53. 63deuceman says:
    March 16, 2018 at 7:42 am
    If all these players were doing is protesting police brutality and racial inequality, nobody would be shying away from good players.

    The fact that they are choosing to do it during the national anthem is the problem. Not that it necessarily disrespects the flag and/or military, but that it is PERCEIVED that it disrespects the flag and/or military.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    You are correct, BUT it was originally (after the benching reason) intended as a display of disrespect/contempt/disgust at the flag and country. That, in turn IS a slap in the face to military and patriots. Even when informed of that reality and asked to move the protest by a minute (before or after rather than during the anthem) they dismissed it and continued to disrespect the country to promote their false beliefs.

  54. bhcpaul1989 says:
    March 16, 2018 at 10:45 am
    I had no idea Kaepernick’s contract expired, I was always under the impression he opted out. Granted he would have been cut but that is also much different than a contract expiring, agenda anyone?
    ______________________________________
    Happy to clarify.
    Kaep opted out after he was notified he would not be resigned by 49’er management. He did so with the hopes of signing on with another team early in the free agency period. Some people will have you believe he left contractual money on the table as some type of stupidity on his behalf. The facts are the 49’ers contractually did not owe Kaep one red cent if he was cut after the 1st year of his rookie deal.

  55. He has a brother waiting to be drafted this year, will he also have the same stance? Reid also the person that has shorten Novato Bowman’s career

  56. I think to suggest, Kap started protesting due to benching is extremely immature, ill-conceived and downright childish. Nothing suggest such, as he had been doing this for awhile and the preseason was the first time cameras paid attention to it. There have been many veterans in support of Kap, who have made it known that they, in fact, don’t feel disrespected by his actions, but actually empowered, due to the simple fact that the military fights for freedom in this country and peaceful protest are considered to be as American as it gets. With that being said, it’s extremely upsetting that more people are upset about protesting the anthem than actual inequality. I think this comments section gives credence to Kap’s cause.

  57. ac·count·a·bil·i·ty
    əˌkoun(t)əˈbilədē/Submit
    noun
    the fact or condition of being accountable; responsibility.
    “their lack of accountability has corroded public respect”
    synonyms: responsibility, liability, answerability
    “there must be accountability for the expenditure of every public cent”

  58. cobrala2 says:
    March 16, 2018 at 7:03 am
    I’m confused.

    Reid said, “I would say I understand that’s a possibility. And I’m completely fine with it. The things that I’ve done, I stand by, and I’ve done that for my own personal beliefs. Like I said, I’m fine with whatever outcome happens because of that.”

    So he’s made his decision, stands by it, and is cool with whatever happens from it.

    Then (later?) said, “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.”

    So he’s no longer cool with whatever happens from it now?

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    Not taking a stand one way or the other – what I read was – I wont play for cheap just because I took a stand (protested).
    It looks like teams are calling him but trying to sign him for cheap? Or am I just reading it wrong?

  59. If Reid was protesting something that the NFL, his coaches, or the team around him was doing that was wrong or illegal, then protest away. He shouldn’t be punished for doing the right thing and protesting, but this knucklehead is protesting something not NFL related in his NFL work place. If his protest effects the NFL’s bottom line, sorry dude, the NFL has the right not to employ you or associate themselves with you. Sometimes people should really educate themselves before speaking out, exercising free speech, and in the end up looking like a total unemployed fool.

  60. he made the pro bowl in his rookie season. That should be worth something. There are safeties with worse resumes getting deals from teams like the Las Vegas Raiders.

  61. bhcpaul1989 says:
    March 16, 2018 at 10:45 am
    I had no idea Kaepernick’s contract expired, I was always under the impression he opted out. Granted he would have been cut but that is also much different than a contract expiring, agenda anyone?

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    He opted out but he had been told he was getting cut if he didn’t. There has been a lot of hair splitting over that where I dont think its that important. What really happened is he wanted to be a highly paid starter and the Niners werent going to guarantee that and he thought other teams would jump at the chance to have him in that capacity. So a mutual parting of the ways would have looked good to both sides given the different points of view. Although Kaep might have technically been the trigger puller it was really a mutual decision both sides played a part in.

  62. PugTheDog says:
    March 16, 2018 at 10:57 am

    I’m sorry but explain to me how they differ. SJW’s go hand-in-hand with politics. You can’t have one without the other. Case in point is I have 0 sympathy for these players. They are crying about not making millions of dollars to play a child’s game.

    Should also be noted their whole “reason” for protesting has not had one consistent theme. It’s changed from racial inequalities to police brutality to the military? Makes as much sens as the women’s march where no one is on the same page for why they’re actually there other than to be a part of something.
    __________________________________________________________________________________

    So your stance is that you would rather them not say anything, and let crappy things happen to people in their communities? It may not affect you, so you don’t really care?

    No one cares that JJ Watt used his platform to better a community devastated by a natural disaster, but these guys can’t use it to try and better their community from social injustice?

    ( I am not defending any side, its just funny that the owners punish those who don’t like their politics, or if they view something like a hurricane more noble than say police brutality)

  63. He’s jumping the gun with making that connection, but let’s say for the sake of argument, that he is correct in the assumption.

    He said he was fine with it.

    Doesn’t sound like he is fine with it. In fact, it sounds like the exact opposite.

    It’s like a drunk with an idea. Sounds great.

    Then the morning comes.

  64. Freedom of speech doesnt always mean speech is free. What you say or do can have consequences.

    Eric Reid is free to express his opinions however he likes. And his prospective employers are free to express their feelings about it by not employing him.

  65. Someone said that the owners not aligning with a players social conscience is a problem. I disagree. Everyone has their own thoughts and beliefs. If someone doesn’t agree with you that doesn’t necessarily make them or you wrong.

    Reid has a set of beliefs that I have never seen actual data support. That doesn’t make me wrong and it doesn’t necessarily make him wrong either. There could be data I haven’t seen.

    However, I still don’t believe this is about his protesting. I don’t think that Kap’s issues are regarding his kneeling for the anthem either. I think they both are having issues because they both are not great players, they have contract demands that people don’t think their abilities merit, and they have other baggage (Reid – injury issues and Kap – his hostile behavior off the field both to owners and authority) that make the “juice not worth the squeeze”.

    Personally, at the right price I wouldn’t mind Reid on my team, though I wouldn’t want Kap at any price.

  66. Some people don’t want to pay to see a protest, and the owners pay you to bring in the paying audience. If you make the audience disappear the owners aren’t going to pay you. That’s how the entertainment business works, and I’m fine with that.

  67. Same old story and it is way past getting old. If you are so concerned than quit the NFL and go do something about your pleas on life. Talk is cheap get off your back side on the sidelines and go do something about it and get a real dose of reality.

  68. buchopeful says:
    March 16, 2018 at 6:55 am
    Im not allowed to do anything like this at my job, why does he think its ok? Do that on your own time.
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    You aren’t free to silently protest by kneeling when expected to stand? I can. I can also stand when I am expected to sit. Sounds like you work for some strict employers that dictate when you can and cannot change positions. That sounds awful

  69. There are several good safeties available right now who want too much money. Maybe it’s a value problem, not a protest problem, genius.

  70. The victim mentality is what got him in this mess to begin with. Learn to think a different way man. Life owes you nothing.

  71. By “willingness to speak about them” I assume you mean his very strong position that many people disagree with? Call it what it is, please. Don’t try to put it on a pedestal as if there are not valid counter arguments to his position. There have been many players who have protested, such as Kenny Stills and Malcolm Jenkins and Brandon Marshall, and they are employed. The difference between them and Reid and Kaepernick is that they didn’t make protesting a priority over football. When a team is looking to sign you to play football, the things you put before football matter. There are things that should matter more…but when your cause is distracting, controversial, and something your employer may possibly disagree with, then yes, expect to move to the back of the consideration list.

    Not to mention that Reid is an above average safety. He can play the run decently well and can tackle, but he’s no Earl Thomas. He’s good, but he’s not that good. Having him at 16 is generous. If he was one of the top safeties in the league, it wouldn’t matter what the heck he said. He’d be signed yesterday.

  72. Each individual NFL owner thinking this guy is a turd is a benefit to his social media footprint. He is an activist first after all. Isn’t that the goal now?

    I commend the NFL owners for allowing Reid and Kaepernick to stay focused on what is important: Social Media, having a hot take, and picking a side in a political debate. I am not sure how kneeling actually fixes anything, but now they can kneel anywhere they want.

    The problem with “look at me as I show disrespect!” protest is that everyone else is allowed to protest your method of protest.

    I think there may have been some kind of poorly messaged agenda to some of these protests at some point, but it is all lost on 99% of America.

  73. Eric Reid is using his leftism as an entitlement, and it isn’t. Maybe he should rethink his opinions.

  74. Concussion concerns is bigger problem. He is an average safety. He is just making a excuse ahead of time when he doesn’t get many offers so he can bitch about it later and blame someone else. If he still had real talent he would get offers.

  75. cardsfann1 says:

    “I personally hope that he doesn’t play another down in the NFL. … Playing in the NFL is a privilege, not a right…”
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    Correction- in this country workers have a right to peaceably protest. As a sonar technician that served on submarines for 20 years, you SHOULD know that it is his Constitutional 1st Amendment Right or are you operating under a prejudice rather than a preamble? (hence the need for the constitutional rights for people)

  76. I take issue with one line in this report: “Kaepernick’s contract expired and he went away, but Reid continued to take knees, and to then play and play well for the 49ers last year.”

    As a long-time 49er fan who witnessed the good safety play of Ronnie Lott and others, I can tell you this much: Reid did not “play well” for the 49ers last year. His play was average at best. Did he “take one for the team” and play at linebacker? Yes, he did. Again, his play was average at best. Just because Reid played linebacker instead of safety, we should sign him to a long-term deal? Please.

    Reid’s phone isn’t ringing because he decided to kneel during the National Anthem. His phone isn’t ringing because he’s yet another Trent Baalke draft pick that turned out to be: AVERAGE. Do you know how many Baalke picks are left on the 49ers? With the trade of Kilgore to Miami, that number drops to ONE. Reid, like Kaepernick, just isn’t that good. That’s why he remains unsigned. It’s not politics. It’s not personal. It’s business.

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