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'Incredible teammate' Eric Reid, returns to Panthers with 3-year contract

Marcel Louis-Jacques, The Charlotte Observer on

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The Carolina Panthers filled a major offseason need Monday, signing safety Eric Reid to a three-year contract.

Carolina signed Reid to a one-year deal four weeks into the 2018 season and immediately became the team's starting strong safety. He finished sixth on the team in tackles despite playing only 13 games.

"It gives my family peace of mind, knowing what will be the next couple years," Reid said Monday. "I enjoy being here, the city reminds me of where I grew up in Louisiana. It's low-key here, it's not too busy. ... I like the defense, I like the coaching staff, so I'm excited.

"There were a couple factors (in deciding where to sign). I can envision my family being here during the season and being satisfied with the contract. If I wasn't satisfied with the contract, I would've went into free agency."

The sixth-year safety out of LSU played his first five seasons in San Francisco, where he made the Pro Bowl as a rookie in 2013.

He quickly made an impact in the Panthers' locker room, with now-retired center Ryan Kalil calling him a "perfect example" of the quality veterans the team has brought in over the past several years.

 

"He's a good football player but he's also a great human being," Kalil told the Observer in December. "He's an incredible teammate, there won't be one guy in here that you can find that doesn't like Eric Reid. I think that says a lot about the guys upstairs and the homework that they have to do to find that stuff out."

Both the Panthers' starting safeties from 2018 were scheduled to hit free agency this offseason, with Reid and Mike Adams seeking new deals.

Reid, 27, expressed interest in returning to Carolina during the season but said he was seeking "market value" for his next contract. During a conference call with local media Monday, he confirmed he feels he got market value with a deal worth approximately $22 million.

Head coach Ron Rivera also expressed interest in bringing Reid back, listing several reasons why during the last week of the regular season.

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