Eric Reid has declined a chance to play for the Washington Football Team.
The free-agent safety, who has conspicuously remained unsigned, told The Associated Press that he turned down an offer to join the team’s practice squad.
“I just don’t think playing on the practice squad is reflective or indicative of my career,” the 28-year-old safety told The AP, per ESPN.
Washington is in need for an upgrade at safety after losing Landon Collins to a season-ending Achilles tendon injury on Sunday. Reid had played his last two seasons with the Carolina Panthers under current Washington head coach Ron Rivera.
Reid, who said he texted Rivera his decision to decline, set safety franchise records for the Panthers last season, which included a career-high four sacks and 130 tackles.
Yet, Reid was released by the Panthers after the team hired new head coach Matt Rhule and nobody has gave him a contract despite showing he remains a viable NFL safety.
Reid, of course, filed a grievance alongside Colin Kaepernick against the NFL two years ago after the two former 49ers teammates alleged owners were colluding not to sign them over their choice to kneel during the national anthem to protest police violence and social injustice against minorities.
While Reid eventually was signed by the Panthers after he filed the grievance, he remains unsigned again and Kaepernick called out the NFL in Week 1 for blackballing Reid.
Rivera had said last month that if not for Collins, he would call Reid. He apparently stuck to his word, but Washington wants to give rookie Kamren Curl a shot at starting, meaning Reid would be relegated to the practice squad.
“I’m just not in a place to play on the practice squad right now,” Reid said. “If they go a different direction, I’ll be ready.”