(CNN)Eric Reid, who has been out of the NFL since filing a grievance against the league in May, alleging that teams were colluding to deny him a job, has been signed by the Carolina Panthers.
Eric Reid, who is in a legal battle with the NFL, has signed with the Carolina Panthers
Reid is an ally of Colin Kaepernick, who has filed a similar grievance. He joined Kaepernick in kneeling during the National Anthem when the two were San Francisco 49ers teammates.
The Panthers announced the signing of the free-agent safety to a one-year deal in a press release on Thursday.
"Eric has been a starting safety in the NFL and has played at a high level throughout his career," general manager Marty Hurney said. "After we put Da'Norris Searcy on injured reserve, (head coach) Ron (Rivera) and I discussed our options, and Eric was at the top of our list. He is a physical safety with good ball skills and play-making ability."