- The Washington Times
Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Free-agent safety Eric Reid recently turned down a chance to join Washington‘s practice squad, according to a new report.

Washington was in the market for a safety after starter Landon Collins suffered a season-ending Achilles in Sunday’s 25-3 win over the Dallas Cowboys. On Tuesday, the team signed Jeremy Reaves to the 53-man roster from the practice squad.

There had been speculation about whether Washington would sign Reid given his ties to coach Ron Rivera. The 28-year-old, who is a close friend to Colin Kaepernick and outspoken on issues of racial injustice, spent the last two seasons under Rivera on the Carolina Panthers. In September, Rivera said he’d call Reid if the team didn’t have Collins.

But a reunion apparently won’t happen.

The Associated Press’ Rob Maaddi reported that Reid declined the practice squad offer from Washington. Maaddi did not initially state Reid‘s reasoning.

Last month, Kaepernick tweeted that the NFL was blackballing Reid for his protesting. Reid also retweeted a Deadspin article titled “The NFL is blackballing Eric Reid, too.”

In 2019, Kaepernick and Reid settled a grievance case against the NFL that claimed owners were colluding to keep them out of the league. Kaepernick has not played since the 2016 season, while Reid waited months in 2018 before joining the Panthers midway through the season.

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