Washington has a void at safety after losing Landon Collins to a torn Achilles on Sunday. They tried to sign veteran safety Eric Reid to their practice squad, but he declined.
“I just don’t think playing on the practice squad is reflective or indicative of my career,” Reid told Rob Maadi of the AP. “I’m just not in a place to play on the practice squad right now. If they go a different direction, I’ll be ready.”
The 28-year-old Reid played spent the last two seasons in Carolina with Ron Rivera. He started all 16 games last year, recording 130 combined tackles, six passes defended, a forced fumble, and four sacks. He was released by the Panthers in March after the team hired a new coaching staff.
Last month, Colin Kaepernick tweeted that teams were blackballing Reid.
“While the NFL runs propaganda about how they care about Black Life, they are still actively blackballing Eric Reid for fighting for the Black community,” Kaepernick tweeted. “Eric set 2 franchise records last year, and is one of the best defensive players in the league.”
Veteran players signing to practice squads is new to the NFL this year due to all the COVID uncertainty. The Ravens signed veteran receiver Dez Bryant to their practice squad on Tuesday. Prince Amukamara, Nigel Bradham, Lamar Miller, Damon Harrison, David Irving, Aaron Colvin, Mychal Kendricks, Jonathan Cyprien, Corey Liuget, Corey Coleman, Blake Bortles and Theo Riddick are all on practice squads as well.
There are some veterans including Antonio Brown and Devonta Freeman who were signed straight to the active roster.
Reid told the AP that Washington is the only team to call him since being released.
“Quarantine has been good to me. I’ve been blessed to be with my family during a time of year I normally wouldn’t be,” Reid said. “I love being with my family. Meantime, I’m training and waiting. I’m believing in God. I’m trusting in his will.”
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