Eric Reid Says New Deal With Panthers Supports His NFL Collusion Claim

Ruben Hill
February 12, 2019

On Monday, the Carolina Panthers reportedly agreed to a three-year extension with veteran safety Eric Reid, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

With Reid set to earn just over $7M per season, it is all but certain that free agent safety Earl Thomas will command at least $10M per year.

"If anything, it proves my point from previous year", Reid said. "I didn't sign until the (fourth) week and did for nearly the league minimum". And nothing has changed.

"I think the biggest difference for me this season [will be] to have an offseason to train with the team and have a training camp to share with the team", said Reid. The grievance alleged team owners and the league, influenced by President Donald Trump, colluded to prevent Reid's employment because of his protests.

Reid also addressed the joint statement from the NFL and the NFL Players Association in January that he was not targeted by the league with too many drug tests in 2018. He made 71 tackles, defended five passes and grabbed one interception last season.

"That was probably the toughest thing I've ever had to do - I've never been away from my family for that long, especially my daughters", said Reid.

"I enjoy being here and it reminds me of where I grew up" in Louisiana, Reid said.

"We always knew he was a solid football player, and he showed it to us, " Panthers coach Ron Rivera told the team website.

"We'll probably get a place with a yard for my dogs, so I'm excited to have [my family] here with me this season".

"I don't see a whole lot of loyalty in this business", Reid said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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