The Washington Football Team lost Landon Collins for the season after an MRI revealed that the star safety suffered a torn ACL. With that said, Washington sought to add depth at the position by offering veteran safety Eric Reid a spot on their practice squad.
However, Rob Maaddi of the Associated Press reports that Reid has declined the offer and will remain a free agent. Details surrounding Reid’s reasoning have yet to be revealed.
Free agent safety Eric Reid tells me Washington Football team offered him a spot on the practice squad and he declined. Story upcoming…
— Rob Maaddi (@RobMaaddi) October 27, 2020
Reid was released by the Carolina Panthers in the spring amid a slew of roster overhaul that also included the release of Cam Newton.
There were rumors suggesting Reid might land on the Houston Texans given their needs in the secondary. But nothing ever developed.
The 28-year-old started all 16 games for the Panthers last season, recording 4.0 sacks and 130 combined tackles. However, he struggled in coverage.
Opposing quarterbacks completed over 77 percent of their passes when targeting Reid as the primary defender. He gave up a whopping eight touchdowns in coverage, resulting in an astronomical 149.7 quarterback rating.
Reid’s NFL career has seen its share of peaks and valleys throughout the years.
The former LSU star was, along with Colin Kaepernick, cast out of the NFL for being one of the first players to kneel for the national anthem. Eric Reid would get his shot a whole lot quicker than “Kap,” who has still yet to make his way back to the league. Nonetheless, he has yet to recapture the form that made him a Pro Bowler in his rookie season in 2013.
Reid might be hoping for a starting opportunity, or to sign with a Super Bowl contender. Regardless, the Washington Football Team will have to continue its search for safety help.