Eric Reid: Teams might not sign me over anthem protest, I’m OK with that

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If Eric Reid‘s decision to kneel during the national anthem costs him money, he can live with it.

Reid, the 49ers safety who will be an unrestricted free agent in March, was asked on Friday if he’s concerned about teams deciding not to sign him because they don’t want an anthem protester on the team. He said he’s not.

“I wouldn’t use the word concerned,” 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.”

Reid is friends with Colin Kaepernick and was disappointed that no one signed Kaepernick this year. Now he’ll see if the same happens to him.

“There are probably teams that won’t want to talk to me because of it. I’m hopeful that I will be on a team next year, but if not, again, that’s OK with me,” he said.

The 26-year-old Reid is a starter and there’s no football reason he shouldn’t have offers in free agency in March. If he isn’t signed, it will be for reasons other than his playing ability.

76 responses to “Eric Reid: Teams might not sign me over anthem protest, I’m OK with that

  1. Sign him and put into the contract a no Kneeling Clause. Play by our rules or don’t get paid!

  2. I’m sure he will be signed, he can still play and didn’t wear pig socks or glorify a murderous dictator.
    He has missed 9 games the past two years, so he won’t get what he thinks he’s worth, but he will blame that on kneeling.

  3. he’s having his 3rd best season out of five, stat wise. He’s very replaceable. He hits hard, but that’s about it. When he was injured he spent his time yapping about president Trump. He hasn’t done anything that merits a contract extension from the Niners. If he did, he wouldn’t be hitting free agency. He should spend more time on the field making himself better, than trying to vouch for Kaep.

  4. The 26-year-old Reid is a starter and there’s no football reason he shouldn’t have offers in free agency in March. If he isn’t signed, it will be for reasons other than his playing ability. However, given the impact the protests have had on TV ratings and attendance, it would also be understandable if team avoid signing him, should he be committed to continuing the practice of disrespecting America and it’s veterans.

  5. He will get signed, he’s 26 and he can still play at a high level.

    The only similarity between he and CK is the Anthem protest. People don’t want to admit, or forget, that CK plays the QB position and he isn’t particularly good at it. Blaine Gabbert beat him out. When you put the two together, team distraction + not very good at most important position = not getting signed.

    It’s really that simple. Talent will always prevail in the NFL and multiple chances will be given, Eg Josh Gordon, Greg Hardy to name a few.

  6. Two suggestions. Find a more effective less polarizing platform to bring awareness to issues you care about and get out in the community and DO something positive like JJ Watt!

  7. Yeah well..I am “ok with that” too… keep your politics out of the have plenty of time other than the 3 hours on sunday to champion your cause

  8. Yeah, your “OK” with that now…..
    Soon, you will be looking for a new career in a competitive 8 to 5 world.
    You will have the rest of your life to think about what you left on the table.. over a gesture…

  9. If he were ok with it he wouldn’t be making statements about being ok with it. More attention seeking and lack of substance.

  10. Actually, Reid will find out how much teams value his football abilities. IF they think he can contribute to wins, he will be signed. The best place for him is on the west coast, where the people hate the US anyhow.

  11. He’ll get picked up. However, sounds like he’s a little self-conscious. I would be interested to see his rising implosion unfold as time passes by.

  12. Reid is a really good player. The 49ers will re-sign him. The only way the don’t re-sign him is if Jed York doesn’t want him around. I guess we’ll see how Jed really feels about all this stuff.

  13. “If he isn’t signed, it will be for reasons other than his playing ability.”

    And that’s the right of any employer. You have the right to free speech. You do not have the right to freedom of consequences.

  14. I hope he enjoys his new career. He’ll make in two years what he made in a day in the NFL. I’ll take fries with my order.

  15. It’s like hiring a player with a checkered past. No one wants to take on someone who’s going to kneel and devalue their franchise . . . NO ONE

  16. I support your first amendment right, even if I stand. I don’t support someone who calls you an SOB for exercising that right.

  17. Sounds good to me Eric. I’m very good with you not playing next year either. Good luck moving forward.

  18. Hey, this is America, business’s make decisions on who to hire and fire for all kinds of reasons.

    The difference between this guy and Kaepernick is he can play a little. Guess we’ll see, but for sure the available market for him will be small.

  19. Indiana is proposing legislation that if a player decides to kneel, the fan has a right to get a refund for their ticket. Sounds fair to me! See how long the owners put up with this garbage

  20. Too bad his buddy Kaepernick doesn’t have the same attitude. Then again, when those paychecks stop coming in, and Reid has to adjust his lifestyle, we’ll see how okay he is with that.

    Actions have consequences and these players have no right to demand exemptions from those consequences.

  21. I’m okay with teams not signing him over his anthem protest, too. In fact, I hope it’s exactly what happens to all these anthem protesters down the road.

  22. Plenty of players that protested would be signed. If the eagles cut Malcolm Jenkins there’d be teams lined up around the building to sign him. The difference between Kaep and the other guys is the other guys didn’t glorify Castro, wear pig socks and basically call every cop racist. There’s a difference.

  23. He will get signed because he is actually good at what he does. He will leave some money on the table because teams that aren’t in communist markers won’t be able to sign the guy. Kaepernick didn’t get signed because he isn’t good enough to carry a team, as is evident by his last couple seasons of playing on a team without much talent on the defensive side of the ball.

  24. Problem is, fans are beginning to sue teams to get their money back as protests offended them, their children and families. They didn’t pay heavy ticket and parking prices for that crap. The courts will order teams to refund money to disgruntled fan who had to put up with player denigrating the U.S. flag, veterans and national pride. This is the ‘dirty little secret that spreading and could cost the NFL billions.

  25. As others have said here, these guys have the right to kneel if they want to, and we and owners have a right to not like it and to not hire them. Consequences for your actions. Not as ridiculous as Kap, i.e., with his cops are pig socks and Castro and Che tee shirts, but still, not respectful toward our flag and country. So go ahead, kneel… just don’t expect it to NOT have consequences. You don’t respect our flag, we won’t respect you. Sounds fair to me….

  26. steelerguy says:
    December 30, 2017 at 9:34 am

    If there’s no “football reason” he shouldn’t be signed, then why haven’t the 9ers extended him already?
    The Niners have two starting-caliber safeties on IR — Jimmie Ward and Jaquiski Tartt (both out with forearm fractures). They’ve been starting a 7th-rounder, Adrian Colbert, who’s been an eye-opener. Before Ward’s injury they’d had Reid playing as a linebacker, as they felt so flush at safety. In addition, Reid has an injury history, and has already had a couple of concussions.
    They haven’t extended him because they have the position covered with other players, still on their rookie contracts. They’ll wait and see what happens to Reid in free agency. They may make him an offer, but they’re not going to get into any sort of bidding war for him.

  27. kenny vacarro is set to be a free agent and is prolly gonna cost more than reid. i wonder if this LSU dude wanna come home to the bayou and give us that discount?

  28. nyneal says:
    December 30, 2017 at 10:44 am
    I’m okay with teams not signing him over his anthem protest, too. In fact, I hope it’s exactly what happens to all these anthem protesters down the road.

    I think not signing a good football player just because of the protest would be just as asinine as signing a bad one because of it.

  29. And if he does get signed, can we finally admit that Kaepernick was not “blackballed”? Same team, same kind of protest should yield the same results, yes?

  30. Being owed a job due to, or regardless of ability is communism. Hiring or not hiring an employee that will maximize your profits and not alienate half your customer base is free market capitalism. God bless America.

  31. Doesn’t every company love employees that give the middle finger to it’s customers? How in the world did the Kneeling Football League screw this up so bad with their $50 million dollar CEO. Sad.

  32. Sad what people care about. I am more angry the government is using my money to pay these players to be on the field. As long as its about a factious god or ruling entity the people will love you, speak against those things and they will want you done away with. Land of the free? Yeah right!

  33. xxsweepthelegxx says:
    December 30, 2017 at 8:42 am
    He will get signed, he’s 26 and he can still play at a high level.


    I disagree. One, he’s not that good… one pro bowl (alternate) as a rookie is all he has to show on his resume. Two, both Tartt and Ward will be back from injury next year so the Niner’s won’t go after him. And three, I’m skeptical other teams will want to take on the protest baggage and the million$ this guy will want. Plus he has had a few concussions so that’s another red flag. Don’t be surprised if this guy isn’t out of the league next year. Good riddance.

  34. If he is talented he will be signed period. In response to Bucky Badger What government is paying the players? That is the most retarded comment I have ever read in regard to this particular subject.

  35. Maybe Reid should give us a well thought out explanation of what his kneeling is really about. I have yet to hear one from any of the kneelers.

  36. I hope he comes back to the 49ers…but at the right price. He has been good but not outstanding. Still would like him back if not too expensive to keep him. Looks like the 49ers are going to let him test the waters and then see where things are. Might be easier to resign him if the kneeling business means fewer teams interested.

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