Eric Reid, who is in a legal battle with the NFL, has signed with the Carolina Panthers

Eric Reid, left, and Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers kneel during the National Anthem before an NFL game on September 12, 2016, at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

(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.

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."