Eric Reid agrees to position change despite no long-term assurance

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Eric Reid has accepted the move from safety to weakside linebacker with no assurances from the 49ers that he remains in their long-term plans.

“This is my contract year, so when they broke the news to me, I wondered what the reasoning was to make the move,” Reid said Thursday, via Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group. “They were open and honest with me, and told me they really believe it’s best for the team, and I can really excel at the position.”

Reid began converting to linebacker in practice last week and played primarily on passing downs. He played 48 of 75 snaps against the Cowboys.

Ray-Ray Armstrong remains the starter at weakside linebacker, but the 49ers will give Reid a chance to win the starting job. Reid lost his starting strong safety job to Jaquiski Tartt after Reid injured his knee in Week 2.

“It wouldn’t surprise me if he goes and takes it,” defensive coordinator Robert Saleh said.

Reid is scheduled to become a free agent in the offseason. He talked to Saleh, coach Kyle Shanahan and General Manager John Lynch about the move to linebacker and was given no guarantee about his future.

“I asked them explicitly, ‘Can you at least tell me if I’m going to be here next year to play this position?’ They told me no,” Reid said. “Right now I just trust the film I have at safety is good enough to enter free agency with, and now I’ll get some film at linebacker, as well.”

10 responses to “Eric Reid agrees to position change despite no long-term assurance

  1. SF says “we don’t want you.” Reid will receive many offers to play SAFETY. Reid is a beast at safety. SF simply doesn’t want to pay him. That’s todays nfl. It’s just business. No worries Reid, you’ve plenty of film since your rookie year. I bet Dallas wants him bad!

  2. they want to give his replacement playing time, since the team isnt going anywhere. might as well trade him or just sit him and pay him. they have zero intent on re-signing him.

  3. John Lynch is unproven as a GM, to say the least. Eric Reid is a stud safety. Someone like Bill Belichick will pick him up and continue to win super bowls by talking advantage of the lesser GM’s around the league. I wonder when Belichick is going to get bored with all this.

  4. Clara will either build a contender or be the Browns. Either way they are going to take the long slow route. Carroll churned Seattles roster in one season and made the playoffs with an old Hasselbeck his first season. This purposely lose stuff doesn’t have a good track record unless they plan on making a play for Andrew Luck.

  5. He is a fool to do that without a new contract in place. I would have told them to trade me or I would have sat until next season. He played safety all of his life, now in a contract year they are asking him to fight for a position that he has never played. There are too many risk for him to make this change, I would not have done it!

  6. Reid is a backup safety on a terrible team.

    This may be a contract year for him – but sitting on the bench isn’t going to increase his value in free agency.

    He’s worrying that taking a starting position at LB will lower his value???

    Maybe he should spend more time worrying about the quality of his play on the field during the game and less time taking a knee during the anthem.

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