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Report: Eric Reid would re-sign with 49ers if they give him his 2017 salary

Eric Reid

With free agency nearly drawing to a close, there are a number of quality players still available on the market. Among them is safety Eric Reid.

There has been some speculation regarding whether or not a return to the San Francisco 49ers is in the works. According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, Reid is reportedly willing to re-sign with San Francisco on a one-year deal worth what he made in the 2017 NFL season:

A source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that, despite a report that Reid declined a one-year offer from the 49ers, no formal contractual offer ever was made to Reid by the only NFL team for which he has played. Also, despite a report that Reid wants a multi-year deal, the source tells PFT that Reid would accept a one-year contract from the 49ers, at the same compensation he made in 2017.

Reid earned $5.676 million in the final year of his rookie contract last season. This certainly seems reasonable considering he is one of the more dependable options at a rather thin safety position. The former Pro Bowler registered 67 tackles, two interceptions, and four pass deflections in the 2017 campaign. Furthermore, Reid’s number is rather comparable to the mid-tier safeties in the NFL.

It goes without saying that Reid’s current employment status is the result of his protests throughout the course of the last two seasons. His situation is just a further example of the controversy regarding the league’s alleged blackballing some of its players. To a see a player of Reid’s caliber still available in a market that is thin at safety is perplexing. However, it seems that could potentially change in the near future.