Stills said he spoke to Kaepernick, his close friend, on Thursday. "He deserves to play", Stills said. Perhaps, this signing gives Reid an opportunity to prove that teams wouldn't sign him because of his political interests. That role in the protests likely contributed to Reid's extended time as a free agent. He says, "It's a long time coming".
"I think that's great for him", he said.
Hyde believes an National Football League team should sign Kaepernick next.
Kaepernick, the former quarterback who remains unsigned, congratulated his former teammate on Twitter.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -Eric Reid is getting another shot in the NFL.
Eric Reid, right, has signed a one-year contract with the Carolina Panthers. But no one signed him after his contract expired at the end of last season.
Both players had filed grievances alleging NFL teams had colluded to prevent them playing in the league due to their protests created to highlight racial and social injustices, including the shooting of Black men by US police. "He was the FIRST person to kneel alongside me".
Kaepernick added that Reid is an "all pro safety who should have been signed the 1st day of free agency".
The terms of the deal have not been disclosed. Reid continued to protest through last season.
"Eric has been a starting safety in the National Football League and has played at a high level throughout his career", general manager Marty Hurney said in a statement on the Panthers' website.
The 2-1 Panthers were in need of help in the defensive backfield after starting safety Da'Norris Searcy suffered his second concussion in five weeks and was placed on injured reserve. The Panthers are now on a bye week; their next game on Sunday, Oct. 7.