Panthers sign safety Eric Reid to 3-year contract extension

Eric Reid is staying in Carolina.

The Panthers on Monday announced that they have signed the veteran safety to a three-year contract extension that will keep him with the team through the 2021 season.

Financial terms were not disclosed, but according to NFL.com the deal is worth more than $22 million. 

Reid was set to become an unrestricted free agent after wrapping up his first season with the Panthers, but his work ethic seemingly overshadowed the collusion grievance he filed against the NFL last May for supporting Colin Kaepernick, who protested social injustice by kneeling during the national anthem.

“We always knew he was a solid football player,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera said during the regular season, “and he showed it to us.”

Reid, 27, initially was selected by the 49ers in the first round of the 2013 draft and spent the first five years of his career in San Francisco before signing with the Panthers in Week 4 of the 2018 season.

He immediately became the starter and finished with 71 tackles, five passes defended and one interception in 13 games.