Now in the wake of Landon Collins‘ season-ending Achilles injury, Washington is considering signing Reid, a source told John Keim of ESPN.com. He signed a three-year extension back with the Panthers back in February of 2019, but once Carolina changed regimes and cleaned house he was sent packing. He had to wait a while the last time he was a free agent too, sitting out until September when the Panthers finally came calling.
Of course, many believe that Reid’s relationship with Colin Kaepernick and role in national anthem protests have hampered his market. Washington’s interest would make a lot of sense due to the presence of Ron Rivera, who coached Reid in Carolina and has always spoken highly of him. Texans safety Justin Reid lobbied for Houston to sign his brother, but other than that it’s been pretty quiet.
Keim notes that Rivera essentially foreshadowed this situation last month when he said “We’re in a fortunate position where we have Landon Collins. A guy like Eric Reid wouldn’t fit us here. But if we didn’t [have Collins], believe me, I’d call him. [Reid] has the ability to play in this league and hopefully, if somebody needs a strong safety, he’s a guy they would call.”
That being said, it’s far from a done deal, as Keim notes the team is considering all options. Still only 28, Reid should have plenty left in the tank physically. He started all 16 games for the Panthers last year, notching 130 tackles, six passes defended, and four sacks as he was often used as a blitzer. We’ll keep you posted as soon as we hear more on the situation.
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