For the first time this offseason, free-agent safety Eric Reid's name is in the news for his football-playing prowess instead of his protests.
According to multiple reports Monday, Reid is scheduled to meet with the Cincinnati Bengals. It is believed to be his first meeting with any team since becoming an unrestricted free agent following five seasons in San Francisco.
Despite intercepting 10 passes in 70 career games and making the Pro Bowl as a rookie, Reid is best known as the first teammate to kneel beside Colin Kaepernick when the then-49ers quarterback began kneeling during the national anthem in the 2016 preseason.
See Reid protesting alongside Kaepernick:
Last month, Reid made headlines when he tweeted out his belief that teams were not expressing interest in him because of his protests, not his talent.
Late in December, Reid was asked whether he was concerned his protests could impact his options in free agency. According to ESPN's Nick Wagoner, the 26-year-old acknowledged it was a possibility.
"I wouldn't use the word concerned," Reid told Wagoner. "I would say I understand that's a possibility. And I'm completely fine with it. The things that I've done, I stand by, and I've done that for my own personal beliefs. Like I said, I'm fine with whatever outcome happens because of that."
--Field Level Media