Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is excited that the team recently inked veteran free agent safety Eric Reid to a contract, giving the talented playmaker a shot at being an impact player on a talented Panthers defense.
“Obviously it was a wowing kind of response from everybody, including myself” Newton said, according to the Panthers official website. “I think it was the right move. He’s a great player. We’ve accepted him with open arms. We know he’s going to be an impact player for us, and that’s all I care about.”
“We got a steal, I feel, I know there are a lot of teams that if Eric was still a free agent they would love to have him. I don’t need (to) say the teams, but I’m glad we got him.”
Newton also spoke about the issues regarding Reid and his protests during the National Anthem.
“I’m going to stand by him and none of that will be a distraction as far as us winning football games” Newton said. “What he does on the football field is going to impact this team. I know that. We got a steal, I feel. I know there are a lot of teams that if Eric was still a free agent they would love to have him. I don’t need (to) say the teams, but I’m glad we got him.”
Panthers Re-Sign Eric Reid
The Carolina Panthers have re-signed veteran safety Eric Reid to a three-year deal worth more than $22 million and could raise the total value of the deal to $24 million, according to NFL.com’s Mike Silver.
Reid, 27, was set to hit unrestricted free agency this offseason, but will not test the open market, opting to stay in Carolina.
Reid collected 71 tackles, five passes defensed, one interception, and one sack this season for Carolina.
Panthers’ Cam Newton Provides Update on Shoulder
Newton played with the injury all season, though the Panthers downplayed it’s significance.
“It’s good. It’s good,” Newton said during an interview with 680 The Fan in Atlanta, h/t ESPN.
“It’s better than I thought it would be. With so much going on throughout this season, I was in fear to see what actually was wrong.”
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