Eric Reid will add on-field fines to collusion case: 'It's blatant at this point'

Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid is sick of getting fined. The 27-year-old has been penalized three times since joining the Panthers, and he’s planning to do something about it. Reid told The Athletic’s Joe Person that he’s going to use his on-field fines in his collusion case against the NFL.

The issue came to a head after Reid received a $26,000 fine from the NFL for his hit on Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Adam Humphries in Week 13. The hit did not result in a penalty during the game, leading Reid to question why the NFL continues to fine him.

Reid filed a collusion grievance against the league in May after he failed to receive interest from teams on the free-agent market. During the 2016 season, Reid joined Colin Kaepernick in taking a knee to protest racial injustice in the United States. Reid continued to kneel in 2017, and then had trouble finding work once he hit the market.

He eventually signed with the Panthers during the team’s Week 4 bye, but said he would not drop his collusion grievance against the league. Instead, it appears Reid has been adding to that grievance since he’s been back. Not only has Reid been fined three times by the NFL, but he also feels he’s been subject to a high number of random drug tests since he returned.

Reid signed a one-year deal with the Panthers, and is set to become a free agent again in the offseason. If he once again has to wait a long time before joining a new team, Reid will have even more ammo for his collusion grievance against the NFL.

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Carolina Panthers' Eric Reid (25) kneels as Cam Newton (1) stands during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the New York Giants in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Jason E. Miczek)
Carolina Panthers strong safety Eric Reid, center, takes a knee during the playing of the national anthem prior to an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson (26) is stopped by Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid (25) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Baltimore Ravens' Chris Moore (10) runs after a catch ads Carolina Panthers' Eric Reid (25) defends in the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)
Carolina Panthers' Eric Reid (25) reacts after making a stop during an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Ben McKeown)
Carolina Panthers' Eric Reid (25) returns an interception against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)
Carolina Panthers' Eric Reid (25) kneels during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) is hit by Carolina Panthers strong safety Eric Reid (25) as he slides at the end of a run during the second half of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. Reid was ejected. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
Carolina Panthers strong safety Eric Reid heads to the locker room after being ejected following a hit on Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger during the second half of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Don Wright)
Carolina Panthers' Eric Reid (25) kneels during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)
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