Eric Reid: NFL teams won’t sign me because of anthem protests

Eric Reid believes kneeling alongside Colin Kaepernick is the reason he is still a free agent.

The safety was the first 49er to protest the national anthem alongside Kaepernick and a few days into the signing period, he isn’t on a roster.

“The notion that I can be a great signing for your team for cheap, not because of my skill set but because I’ve protested systemic oppression, is ludicrous,” Reid tweeted Thursday. “If you think is, then your mindset is part of the problem too.”

He went on to clarify that general managers aren’t the ones alleged blackballing him — team owners are.

“GMs aren’t the holdup broski. It’s ownership,” Reid tweeted. “People who know football know who can play. People who know me, know my character.”

Eric Reid (left) believes kneeling alongside Colin Kaepernick is the reason he is still a free agent.

Eric Reid (left) believes kneeling alongside Colin Kaepernick is the reason he is still a free agent.

(Mike McCarn/AP)

This is all panning out how Reid expected it too.

In December, he admitted the protests may have an impact on his free agency.

“I would say I understand that’s a possibility,” Reid said. “And I’m completely fine with it. The things that I’ve done, I stand by, and I’ve done that for my own personal beliefs. Like I said, I’m fine with whatever outcome happens because of that.”

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