Protester Eric Reid finally invited to make his first free agent visit of NFL offseason – CBSSports.com

After nearly four weeks as a free agent, Eric Reid is finally getting ready to make his first official visit of the offseason. 

According to NFL.com, Reid is scheduled to visit with the Bengals this week, which marks the first time that the free agent safety will get to meet with a team since free agency started on March 14. The fact that the 26-year-old former first-round pick is still a free agent has raised some eyebrows around the league. 

There’s a belief from multiple players that Reid was being blackballed due to his decision to protest racial injustice during the national anthem. 

Reid was one of the first players to join Colin Kaepernick when the quarterback’s protest started in 2016 and Reid is a firm believer that NFL owners have been using that as a reason not to sign him. The former 49ers safety hasn’t been shy about sharing his feelings on Twitter. 

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

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

After Reid went through the first 10 days of free agency without making any visits, Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins came to his defense. In a March interview, Jenkins said it was pretty clear that the only reason Reid wasn’t garnering any interest is because he had been kneeling during the national anthem over the past two years. 

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