2020 NFL free agency: Panthers make surprising decision to release safety Eric Reid
One of the few bright spots for the Panthers has been set free
The Carolina Panthers are full of surprises following a disappointing 2019 season. It began with owner David Tepper aggressively stealing away head coach Matt Rhule from beneath the nose of the New York Giants, and escalated to a full-on rift with Cam Newton. The team is working to trade Newton -- or release him if they can't find a dance partner -- for framing the looming split as something he wanted to happen when he didn't.
Now they've pulled the trigger on yet another unexpected move, releasing veteran safety Eric Reid on the first official day of NFL free agency. The 28-year-old took to social media to thank them for the time spent in Charlotte.
"It's been a pleasure Carolina!" he wrote. "I enjoyed my time and the support I received from the fans, media, teammates, and staff there will be remembered. Looking forward to furthering my career in another city!"
It shouldn't take much time for Reid to find a new home, given how much fuel he still has left in the tank. While the 2019 season was his first since 2015 without an interception, he had a career-best 130 combined tackles, six pass deflections, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble in 16 starts. One of the few bright spots during an otherwise downtrodden season, Reid also landed a career-high four sacks, showing he can be valuable in both coverage and rushing the passer.
The former first-round pick of the San Francisco 49ers (2013) joined the Panthers in 2019 on a three-year deal worth $22 million after impressing on a one-year deal signed in 2018. Only one year into his new deal, Reid is sent packing, but other teams will quickly come calling.
Pick Six Newsletter
Get the day's big stories + fun stuff you love like mock drafts, picks and power rankings.
Thanks for signing up!
Keep an eye on your inbox for the latest sports news.
There was an error processing your subscription.
'And for you to get replaced by Tom Brady in a city you love so much, I guess that's kudos...
Jason La Canfora has begun digging deeper into his research and gives an early sense of he...
Tom Brady admits during Howard Stern interview that he needed to put more time in as a father,...
Social media was full of takes on the Falcons new threads
Moving on from Newton was in 'the best interest of the team,' the new coach said Wednesday
Tom Brady saw the end of his Patriots tenure coming
NFL teams weren't afraid to move up, back, and out of the first round during Monday's mock...
Breaking down the latest rumors, news, signings and trades across the NFL
Live scores, highlights and updates from the Jaguars vs. Colts football game