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Panthers do what Raiders (and probably a lot of other teams) should have done; sign Eric Reid

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It’s not often you see a perfectly healthy former Pro Bowl safety in his prime just hanging around waiting to be signed. And yet, through three games this season, that’s just what Eric Reid was doing. Until today when the Panthers finally made the move that about 31 other teams should have made months ago. They signed Eric Reid to bolster their football team.

At just 26-years-of age, the former 49ers top pick (18 overall) and career starter was coming off a career year, according to Pro Football Focus. A lot of teams could use a talent like that at the safety spot. The Raiders would be near the top of that list.

His performance last season would easily outdo what the Raiders have at safety between 35-year-old Reggie Nelson, journeyman Marcus Gilchrist, underperforming (and now injured) Karl Joseph, and former special teams player Erik Harris.

But despite fielding one of the most suspect groups of safeties in the league, the Raiders, like every other NFL team, ignored Reid. Why? Well, because he dared kneel next to Colin Kaepernick during the National Anthem in protest of police butality and racial profiling in the justice system.

Reid is a damn good safety and the Raiders and the rest of the NFL’s loss is the Panthers’ gain.