It turns out that not every NFL free agent is being heavily sought after. Eric Reid is a 26-year-old Pro Bowl Safety. And while he hasn’t quite hit that mark since his rookie season, he believes there’s another reason why he’s still a free agent.
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. If you think is, then your mindset is part of the problem too.
— Eric Reid (@E_Reid35) March 15, 2018
But Reid isn’t blaming general managers. Instead, he lies that blame on ownership.
GMs aren’t the hold up broski. It’s ownership. People who know football know who can play. People who know me, know my character. https://t.co/M9ULziZg5V
— Eric Reid (@E_Reid35) March 16, 2018
Of course, it’s not difficult to see his point. NFL owners have made their positions very clear over the course of the past two seasons. They do not like the kneeling. They do not understand why players are kneeling, but that’s a whole other matter entirely.
On the other hand, Reid certainly isn’t the only free safety waiting to land somewhere. But that doesn’t mean he has any less of a point. Again, he’s only 26 years old and can still play. There’s a team out there who could use him, if not several.