Safety Eric Reid to visit Bengals

Tanya Simon
April 10, 2018

Interest is finally surfacing in former 49ers safety Eric Reid on the free agent market.

Former San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid is scheduled to visit the Cincinnati Bengals, according to a report from NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The visit is believed to be Reid's first free agent visit of the off-season.

While Colin Kaepernick was the first player to kneel during the national anthem to protest racial inequality, and has become the face of the anthem protests, Reid was the first person to kneel alongside Kaepernick when they were teammates in San Francisco. Reid spoke to reporters following Stanford's pro day, which he attended in order to watch his younger brother, Justin, participate.

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Reid, a Pro Bowl alternate as a rookie after getting taken in the first round of the 2013 draft, is widely considered one of the top defensive players available in free agency. I can go to sleep at night confident that I did what I was called to do. New defensive coordinator Teryl Austin and the Bengals were aggressively trying to pursue safety, Kurt Coleman, earlier this offseason and are now looking at Reid as a possible signing. I'm just going to consider different ways to be active, different ways to bring awareness to the issues of this country, to improve the issues happening in this country. Upon returning to the lineup, Jaquiski Tartt had already taken over Reid's role.

But it also makes sense for Reid to turn down the offer. During his five-years with the team, Reid has led the club in interceptions with 10, second in games started with 69, and tackles with 264. He anticipated that teams might be adverse to signing him based on his social activism.

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