Eric Reid discusses free-agent status, 'going to consider different ways to be active'


Eric Reid discusses free-agent status, 'going to consider different ways to be active'

STANFORD – Free-agent safety Eric Reid chatted with 49ers general manager John Lynch on the sideline, then moved into position onto the field for an up-close view of his brother’s pro day workout Thursday at Stanford University.

Younger brother, Justin, is aiming to be a first-round draft pick like Eric, whom the 49ers selected with the No. 18 overall pick in the 2013 draft.

Both football futures of the Reid brothers remain uncertain. Justin's fate will be determined on draft day. Eric Reid remains in limbo as an NFL free agent. He has not gotten any action in the first week of free agency, and the 49ers have not made him a contract offer, he said.

Lynch said the 49ers are closely monitoring Reid’s situation. However, the organization already has three safeties they like: Jimmie Ward, Jaquiski Tartt and Adrian Colbert. It is possible the 49ers could bring back Reid much later in the offseason, if he remains unsigned, on a one-year, "prove it" contract.

“Eric played and played well for us last year,” Lynch said. “I think he’s stuck in a safety market that’s been quiet. And I would anticipate things starting to shake for him and we’ll see.

“I’d never say never. I really do think opportunities will start to come his way. We’ve been monitoring it closely and we’ll see how that shakes out.”

Reid, 26, a six-year NFL veteran, said his agent has spoken recently to “a couple of teams,” but no contracts or visits have been proposed.

Reid’s market might be impacted by his up-front role in the protests of racial inequality of the past two seasons. Reid and Colin Kaepernick were the first players to take a knee during the national anthem at the beginning of the 2016 season.

Reid said he would probably not take part in any future protests during the national anthem.

“From the beginning, Colin has been flexible,” Reid said. “He started by sitting. He changed it up. We decided to kneel. And we understand that you got to change with the times. So I’m not saying I’m going to stop being active, because I won’t. I’m just going to consider different ways to be active, different ways to bring awareness to the issues of this country to improve on.

“I don’t think it’ll be in the form of protesting during the anthem. And I said ‘during’ because it’s crazy to me that the narrative got changed to we were protesting the anthem, because that wasn’t the case. But I think we’re going to take a different approach to how to be active.”

Reid said he has no regrets. He said he is willing to deal with the consequences of how NFL teams viewed his role in the protests.

“I stand by what I’ve done,” Reid said. “I know why I’ve done it. My faith in God is the reason. I can go to sleep at night confident I did what I was called to do. I’m just gong to stay positive and keep trying to stay in shape and wait and see what happens.

“I said at the end of last season I’m OK no matter what happens.”

49ers' Jimmy Garoppolo has message for prep QB returning from ACL tear

49ers' Jimmy Garoppolo has message for prep QB returning from ACL tear

“Tough times don’t last, tough people do.”

49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo sees that idea as a mindset, as he continues to work his way back from an ACL tear last September.

Kannon Dote -- a senior QB at Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton -- suffered a similar injury prior to his junior season.

“What’s up Kannon, this is Jimmy Garoppolo here with the 49ers. Just wanted to wish you luck, man,” Garoppolo said in the video, shot just outside the 49ers locker room. “I know you went through the same process as me with the ACL and everything.

Dote posted the video Friday just before he is set to make his return to the field in his team’s season opener at Antioch High School.

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What a moment for a high school kid, to have the guy who plays the same position on your local team hype you up as you come back from an injury. 

Hopefully, Jimmy G can have a little more success in his second time being back on the field, after a disastrous debut in Denver during Week 2 of the preseason.

49ers' Kyle Shanahan confident Jimmy Garoppolo can block out negativity

49ers' Kyle Shanahan confident Jimmy Garoppolo can block out negativity

Until about a week ago, it was all positivity for Jimmy Garoppolo's stint with the 49ers.

But the first hint of negative press for the 49ers quarterback began with a five-interception practice on Aug. 14 and then hit full steam after he posted a 0.0 passer rating after 11 snaps in Denver on Monday. 

Coach Kyle Shanahan believes that Garoppolo has the ability to operate without letting the noise be a distraction, but he also understands that it’s only human to let it affect you. 

“He has the ability to do it,” Shanahan said. “Jimmy’s not a guy who is out all the time and really wanting to read about himself. He’s a very humble guy and has the right personality. But, he’s also human, too.” 

Shanahan went through a similar struggle himself, after reading an article back when he was the offensive coordinator in Washington under his father, Mike, who was the head coach. 

“I had success my first couple years in Houston as a coordinator and I was really young and I just thought that everything was easy and why does anyone get stressed out and then I go to Washington and I wasn’t as good anymore,” Shanahan recalled. 

“I accidentally read a paper one day and it told me how bad I was, and that was my first job ever, and I only got it because of my dad. And I’d like to say that didn’t mess me up but it did for a little bit.” 

One of the qualities that Shanahan looks for in players is an even temperament. He regularly cites wanting a player whose emotions are too high or too low. He believes that not reading glowing stories about yourself is as important as not reading the negative. 

“That’s human nature, and you start to learn that stuff and you realize, holy cow, that can affect you and I’m not going to read that ever again," Shanahan said. 

"And I’m also not going to read it when it tells me how good I am, because if it tells me how good I am, then that makes me feel a lot better about myself then I’m going to feel that much worse when it tells me how bad I am.” 

Football pundits might think that a lot rides on Garoppolo’s success in Kansas City on Saturday. But for his coach, that’s not necessarily the case. Shanahan shot down the notion that their matchup against the Chiefs has a value more than just an exhibition game. 

“It’s elevated stakes if your goal is the day after the game to make sure people talk good about you, but, that’s not our goal,” Shanahan said. “Our goal is to be as good as we can for Tampa. 

“If your world and why you play this sport has to do with pleasing talk shows and making sure everyone says you’re good, even though that doesn’t mean you are, then yeah, it probably is." 

The 49ers coach would prefer that his players simply focus on what they can control in their preparation for the regular season. 

“I really hope our guys are stronger than that,” Shanahan said. “I hope our guys go out and focus on doing the best they can, trying to execute.”

He emphasized that a team’s record in the preseason has nothing to do with their success in the regular season. 

“I’ve been 4-0 in the preseason and had everyone love us and have started 0-4 after that. They don’t remember that,” Shanahan said. “I’ve gone 0-4 in the preseason and won our first game. They forget very quick.” 

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While Shanahan has learned to mute the noise, both good and bad, he hopes Garoppolo can learn to do the same. He believes it is a key to longevity and success in the league. 

“You do the best you can every week.,” Shanahan said. “It’s a hard league and just because you don’t have success one week it does not mean you’re not good. It’s week in and week out, it changes every week and the strong people survive in this league.”