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The newest member of the good old boys club fooled them all. Verfasst am: Beitrag 06:56 Mi - Dez 05, 2018

Eric Reid will play football this season http://www.49erscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-joe-staley-jersey , and for that everyone who believes in fair play should be happy. After all, the only thing keeping Reid out of the NFL before Thursday was that he stood — make that kneeled — with Colin Kaepernick in San Francisco.Now he's a Carolina Panther, and for that he can thank new Carolina owner David Tepper. It was Tepper who signed off on a deal for the free agent safety, something 31 other NFL owners — and certainly not former Panthers owner Jerry Richardson — had any intention of doing.It was carefully labeled as a football decision, and in some ways it was. The Panthers lost safety Da'Norris Searcy to injury last week and Reid is expected to start when Carolina returns from a bye week to play the New York Giants.But this was also a statement that the old guard may be changing. And it could be Tepper, the hedge fund mogul who bought the team for $2.2 billion in the offseason, leading the way."It shouldn't have taken this long, a person with his talent. We all understand the reason why," said Panthers wide receiver Torrey Smith, who lobbied his team to sign Reid earlier in the week. "This says a lot about the men and the leaders here. They're making a football decision, but Eric is also a great man and leader."Yes, it's only a one-year contract. And, no, it doesn't mean Kaepernick should brush up on his throwing in case another team calls.But Tepper clearly took a stand by signing Reid to a one-year deal, even at the same time Reid continues his collusion case against the league for not being signed earlier.And that was far different than Jerry Jones ranting and raving about what he might do to any Dallas players who would kneel during the anthem. Far different than the silence from most other teams when asked why they didn't sign Reid or Kaepernick.But maybe we should have expected it all along.Tepper showed early he wasn't going to march lockstep with his other billionaire owners on the issue, saying in a CNBC interview earlier this month that it was "dead wrong" to accuse NFL players of being unpatriotic if they knelt during the national anthem to protest social injustice.During the interview http://www.49erscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-pierre-garcon-jersey , Tepper also recited the Pledge of Allegiance as a patriotic act, ending it with an emphasis on the words "and justice for all."In this case it's justice for one. Reid is one of the better safeties in football and is in his physical prime. To deprive him of a chance to play because he exercised the right every American has to protest was simply wrong.And, really, Tepper and the Panthers aren't taking a big chance. The same fans who threaten to boycott the NFL for player protests will be on their feet cheering Reid if he can bring stability to the secondary of the 2-1 Panthers.Still, while Reid gets some form of justice, the man who started it all waits for the phone to ring.Kaepernick has a new Nike ad and contract, and the movement he started still looms large over the league. But he doesn't have a job playing football, and could do little more than congratulate Reid in a tweet on his signing."He was the 1ST person 2 kneel alongside me," Kaepernick tweeted. "Eric is a social justice warrior, continues to support his family. and communities in need."The NFL still finds itself in a quandary about what to do with protests during the anthem. A handful of players took a knee last weekend, though the league has been lucky recently in being spared the Twitter wrath of President Donald Trump, who has used the issue to rally his base.One of those kneeling was Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills, who has been vocal all season about his reason for protesting and his view that the NFL needs to employ both Reid and Kaepernick if there is going to be any resolution of the issue."He's good enough to play," Stills said. "He deserves to play."He could play, even back in San Francisco, where the 49ers could surely use an experienced backup in the wake of Jimmy Garoppolo's season-ending injury. But whether Kaepernick will play depends on how enlightened NFL owners are becoming — and remember Cheap Solomon Thomas Jersey , this isn't a very socially enlightened bunch.Signing Reid was a necessary first step, but Reid was the easier of the two.It was Kaepernick who started everything, Kaepernick who remains the face of the protest.And Kaepernick who is still out of a job.Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at tdahlberg@ap.org or slash/timdahlberg The Oakland Raiders waived Bruce Irvin on Saturday after the team's leading pass rusher had his playing time reduced significantly in recent weeks.Irvin played just nine snaps in a 34-3 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday night. He will be subject to waivers and will be owed about $3.8 million for the rest of the season if he isn't claimed next week."We would like to thank Bruce Irvin for his years of service to the Oakland Raiders and we wish him the best," general manager Reggie McKenzie said.Oakland came into the year banking on Irvin and Khalil Mack to serve as bookend pass rushers anchoring the defense. Mack was traded a week before the season to Chicago for a package of draft picks following a lengthy contract holdout, and now Irvin is gone too.Irvin thanked the Raiders organization for his time in Oakland."I will always cherish my experience with the Oakland Raiders," he said on his Twitter feed. "As the seasons change, so do our roles and I look forward to continuing my journey with the NFL!"The Raiders (1-7) rank last in the NFL with just seven sacks and have a league-worst 35 quarterback pressures, according to SportRadar. The next worst team is Tennessee with 59.The 31-year-old Irvin has three of the sacks and five of the pressures but has had little impact on a defense that is on pace to be one of the worst ever. Irvin has just six tackles despite an $8 million salary.Oakland is allowing 6.76 yards per play, the worst by any team through eight games since the 1970 merger. The Raiders have allowed the second-most points as a franchise through eight games (252), are tied for the second-fewest takeaways (six) and have the fewest sacks (seven). Oakland also has allowed opponents to have a 113.9 passer rating, a mark that only one team ever has been worse than over a full season.Irvin played just 24 snaps in Week 8 against Indianapolis and then just nine against the 49ers. Irvin's six games with his fewest snap counts since joining the Raiders in 2016 have come this year. Irvin had one tackle, no sacks and no pressures his final three games.Coach Jon Gruden attributed the lack of playing time to Irvin not being part of the base defense against the 49ers."We weren't in our nickel defense very much," Gruden said Friday. "Remember we're a 4-3 team, we're not a 3-4. So in the base defense, sometimes he doesn't fit the role that we need done. No disrespect to Bruce. He's an edge rusher. We haven't had a lead. We haven't had the opposition behind in the chains a lot. So his role has been reduced. I know he's frustrated. I'm frustrated. We'll try to solve that as soon as possible. He's a good player. He's a good player."Irvin was on the field for just seven of the team's 23 snaps in nickel formation with his other two plays coming in goal-line defense.Irvin had 15 sacks his first two seasons with the Raiders. Irvin's 11 forced fumbles since the start of the 2016 season are the most in the NFL in that span.The Raiders have now cut two of the players picked as captain this season having already released linebacker Derrick Johnson last month. Antworten mit Zitat

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