Eric Reid declines offer to join Washington practice squad

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Safety Eric Reid had a chance to get back in the NFL. He passed.

Reid told the Rob Maaddi of the Associated Press that he declined an offer to join the Washington practice squad.

“I just don’t think playing on the practice squad is reflective or indicative of my career,” Reid told Maaddi.

Reid, 28, played for Washington coach Ron Rivera in Carolina during the 2018 and 2019 season.

“I’m just not in a place to play on the practice squad right now,” Reid said. “If they go a different direction, I’ll be ready.”

It’s the only offer Reid has received in 2020.

Washington has a need at safety given the season-ending injury to Landon Collins. On Tuesday, Washington placed Collins on injured reserve and elevated safety Jeremy Reaves from the practice squad.

Reid, then with the 49ers, joined Colin Kaepernick in his protests during the anthem in 2016. After the 2017 season, Reid became a free agent, eventually signing with the Panthers.

56 responses to “Eric Reid declines offer to join Washington practice squad

  1. So basically the practice squad is beneath him. All I hear is he doesn’t wanna play. Next.

  2. Being humble is underrated. He does not want to play in the NFL. He wants to be entitled to play in the NFL.

  3. Dez Bryant and Snacks Harrison have both had greater careers than you and had no problem joining practice squads this year…

  4. Here’s what Reid doesn’t understand. Teams are stashing veterans on the practice squad so they can spend 2 weeks rounding into shape, learning the system, and building relationships with their teammates and coaches. For players like Reid, the practice squad is a mini training camp where they can earn a few thousand dollars a week. Based on Reid’s track record and experience with Rivera, he would’ve been quickly elevated to the main squad — and taking home a veteran’s minimum. Reid would’ve been wise to hold his ego in check. The function of the practice squad has changed considerably since the NFL now allows veteran players onto it.

  5. Of course he did…. he has proven time and time again that he feel entitled to an NFL job. But… he’s not. So when someone offers him the opportunity to join a team in a role where he’ll be able to learn the defense and be ready if needed, it’s not good enough for his “ME ME ME” attitude. Even Dez Bryant took a practice squad role, he knew he needed to be eased back in. He wasn’t too good for it. Please let this be the end of the black ball nonsense. He was offered a role and publicly turned it down.

  6. Reid is a pro bowl safety that’s out of work because teams put politics ahead of winning. That’s ok, but I can’t blame players when they decide to sit out with minor injuries. Why should they risk their health when the teams aren’t all in on winning?

  7. No veteran truly *wants* the practice squad — but a guy who truly believes in his skills and understands that football is a team game will humble himself to be part of something special and to prove his worth (see Cyprien, Jonathan).

    THE TEAM is the thing that Eric Reid just doesn’t get.

  8. Humility and self respect aren’t synonymous with one another. Get yours Eric. Don’t settle for less than you’re worth.

  9. Him and Kaep saying they will do whatever it takes to play in the NFL…besides actually playing in the NFL.

  10. He expects to just be gifted a starting roster spot and a starter’s contract? Or even a backup spot when there are hungry dudes on the practice squad already looking at starters like it’s lunchtime, all of them working week in and week out at their craft? And after a hiatus from football? If he were a generational, future fall of fame talent like Rob Gronkowski, sure. But he isn’t. You’d think his agent or someone would explain this to him

  11. “Would you be willing to start out on the practice squad” was an interview question to see if the prospect still had the fire for the game and to see how hard he was willing to work for it. The Football Team and all football teams have their answer.

  12. Well at least he can’t claim he’s being blackballed. You think Dez Bryant thinks being on the Ravens practice squad is “reflective or indicative” of his career? Give me a break!

  13. Does he realize you get called up from the practice squad, and it’s happening frequently in a season/year like this. If he is roster material and can show it, they would call him up to the 53-man that next week. Either he’s dumb or not really wanting to play. That pretty much ended his chances, no one is gonna care to even call him now, for what.

  14. “I just don’t think playing on the practice squad is reflective or indicative of my career,”

    It’s the only offer Reid has received in 2020.

    I think that’s indicative of his career.

  15. He shouldn’t have to work for the job he wants. It’s 2020, hasn’t the NFL heard that you can’t tell anyone “no”.

  16. charliecharger says:
    October 27, 2020 at 8:57 pm
    Reid is a pro bowl safety that’s out of work because teams put politics ahead of winning. That’s ok, but I can’t blame players when they decide to sit out with minor injuries. Why should they risk their health when the teams aren’t all in on winning?
    _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
    A Pro Bowl safety? Hahahahah. Yeah, 7 years ago. Most recently…
    According to ProFootballFocus.com’s charting data, Reid was targeted as a primary pass defender 57 times in 2019, and quarterbacks completed 45 of those passes (78.9%) for 573 yards, seven touchdowns and zero interceptions. No safety who was targeted at least 20 times in coverage allowed a higher passer rating than the 148.1 mark opposing quarterbacks had against Reid last year. As a result, Reid earned PFF’s worst “coverage” grade among all qualified safeties, and its third-worst player grade overall.
    Enough said.

  17. I wouldn’t want to play for a Daniel Snyder owned team either. This is more than football for Eric Reid.

  18. The practice squad this year feels like a loophole for owners to pay players $10k instead of tens or hundreds of thousands for the first week after a signing until said player clears the Covid testing process. Reid took it at face value and got offended (rightfully so because, politics aside, he’s more talented than a practice squad player). I’m 90% sure he would’ve been activated to the 53 as soon as he cleared testing.

  19. Sometimes you gotta look a gift horse in the mouth. Paycheck; on a roster; playing football again. Apparently it seems too good to be true.

  20. politics aside, pff ranked Reid 69 out of 71 safeties in 2019. Yea, sorry bud there’s no argument here. You don’t deserve to take the roster spot of a kid who worked his way up from the practice squad and has been there since week 1 and through all the Zoom calls and hectic offseason.

  21. Lovely. A 28 year old showboat. Just what the planet needs right now.

    He is a perfect reflection in the mirror that is 2020.

  22. Funny how so many people have to take a step back in their careers and life and they manage to do so. Most come out of it as better people.

    Not athletes though, always entitled.

  23. Joe The Bartender says:
    October 27, 2020 at 10:22 pm
    Note to Jerry and Stephen Joneses. Sign him, pay him, and play him.

    Yeah cause Dontario Poe is working out real great…….I’m a Dallas fan……we need football players, not social activists……I’d rather have Thomas……..but in real life I’d rather watch it burn at this point and roll that cap money and for the love of the good lord draft an actual OL.

  24. Dez Bryant (31), 3x Pro Bowler (2013, 2014, 2016), 1st team All-Pro (2014).
    Snacks Harrison (31), 1st team All-Pro (2016).
    Eric Reid (28), 1 x Pro Bowler (2014).

    Veterans are being loaded to the practice squads to get them in shape and acquainted with the Playbook regardless of past accomplishments, the exception being Antonio Brown (7x pro bowl, 5x all-pro)

  25. he doesn’t even want them to get a look at him to see what kind of shape he is in.

    He must weigh 250.

  26. A Pro Bowl safety? Hahahahah. Yeah, 7 years ago. Most recently…
    According to ProFootballFocus.com’s charting data, Reid was targeted as a primary pass defender 57 times in 2019, and quarterbacks completed 45 of those passes (78.9%) for 573 yards, seven touchdowns and zero interceptions. No safety who was targeted at least 20 times in coverage allowed a higher passer rating than the 148.1 mark opposing quarterbacks had against Reid last year. As a result, Reid earned PFF’s worst “coverage” grade among all qualified safeties, and its third-worst player grade overall.
    Enough said.
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    Sounds like Reid did us a favor…..

  27. Too much ego. He thinks he can be a starter on a team that has a better record than Washington. Even if the Jets ask him to be a starter, I doubt he will take the offer. Good riddance. He’s probably out of shape anyway.

  28. charliecharger says:
    October 27, 2020 at 8:57 pm
    Reid is a pro bowl safety that’s out of work because teams put politics ahead of winning. That’s ok, but I can’t blame players when they decide to sit out with minor injuries. Why should they risk their health when the teams aren’t all in on winning?

    _____

    He is so far from a pro bowl talent right now, and teams put winning ahead of EVERYTHING ie.. AB84

  29. A declining player who isn’t good enough to start and is a steep drop off if he has to fill-in as a backup–and has an ego and doesn’t commit to the team concept is not going to be in high demand.

  30. Reid was one of the worst DBs in the NFL last season…. Offering him a chance on a practice squad is doing him a favor.

  31. It wouldn’t make sense for him to be on the practice squad for a team where he’s already familiar with the system. Dez Bryant and David Irving? I understand. This? I don’t at all.

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