Reid, who was the first player to kneel alongside Colin Kaepernick during the national anthem in protest of racial inequality and systemic oppression, had said he believes his protests have affected his job search. While Kaepernick remained unsigned throughout this past season, Reid continued to take a knee.
In March, Reid pushed back the idea he could be signed at a discount because there are concerns over his protesting. The free agent market for safeties has been slow moving, leaving comparable players like Kenny Vaccaro, Tre Boston, and Mike Mitchell unsigned as well.
It's yet unproven if a conspiracy against these players exists, but it's very suspicious that two talented individuals like Kaepernick and Reid are struggling this much to get signed.
Like Kaepernick's, Reid's case would be heard by an arbitrator. "Our union supports Eric and we are considering other legal options to pursue", the union said in a statement Wednesday.
BC-FBN-Reid-Grievance, 2nd Ld-Writethru, 374Unsigned safety Reid files collusion grievance against NFLAP Photo NY163, NY162Eds: Updates with league declining to comment, previous comment from Goodell, background. "If you think it, then your mindset is part of the problem too", Reid tweeted.
Eric Reid knew it was coming.
But Reid's latest action against the league suggests he might not be done protesting the anthem. The 2013 first-round pick has started 69 games over his five-year career with the 49ers, accumulating 264 tackles, 10 interceptions, and 36 pass defences.
With the draft behind us, the starting spots available to Reid and his fellow free agents are dwindling. It's ownership. People who know football know who can play.
In November, Reid said he knew that kneeling might cause him to be blackballed: "I'm aware of it", he told The San Jose Mercury News.