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Report: Eric Reid files collusion grievance against NFL

Report: Eric Reid files collusion grievance against NFL

Free-agent safety Eric Reid, 26, who played his first five NFL seasons with the 49ers, has reportedly filed a collusion grievance against the NFL.

The grievance is similar to the one former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick filed last year.

Kaepernick and Reid were the first players to kneel during the playing of the national anthem as a protest to racial inequality in the United States.

Shortly after the start of free agency, Reid posted the following statement on social media about his situation:

“The notion that I can be a great signing for your team for cheap, not because of my skill set but because I’ve protested systemic oppression, is ludicrous. If you think it is, then your mindset is part of the problem too.”

On March 22, Reid said he would consider different ways to be an activist and probably would not kneel 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.”

Two weeks later, Reid took a free-agent visit to meet with the Cincinnati Bengals and was reportedly “caught off guard” when Bengals owner Mike Brown brought up the subject and explained to Reid he intends to make it mandatory for his players to stand for the national anthem. Pro Football Talk reported Reid could not make a commitment on the spot.

Last year, Kaepernick filed a grievance against the NFL. The filing claims the NFL and its owners colluded to "deprive Mr. Kaepernick of employment rights in retaliation for Mr. Kaepernick's leadership and advocacy for equality and social justice and his bringing awareness to peculiar institutions still undermining racial equality in the United States."

The 49ers have not publicly closed the door on re-signing Reid. But the team signed strong safety Jaquiski Tartt to a contract extension through the 2020 season and drafted another strong safety, Marcell Harris of Florida, in the sixth round. Reid, a first-round draft pick in 2013, made the Pro Bowl after his rookie season.

Report: Tom Savage to work out for 49ers as possible QB depth piece

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Report: Tom Savage to work out for 49ers as possible QB depth piece

The 49ers’ quest for quarterback depth in the wake of Jimmy Garoppolo’s season-ending injury is starting. And it reportedly might lead them to a former NFL starter.

Tom Savage, who played in 13 games for the Houston Texans in the 2014, 2016 and 2017, will work out for the 49ers, ESPN’s Jordan Schultz reported Monday.

Savage’s Texans tenure didn’t always go smoothly, and he eventually lost the starting job to Deshaun Watson last season. Savage signed with the Saints during the offseason but was released after the team acquired Teddy Bridgewater in a trade with the Jets.

Savage has thrown for 2,000 yards and five touchdowns with seven interceptions in his NFL career. He’s 2-7 in nine starts.

Nick Mullins, the 49ers’ current No. 2 QB, remains in the mix to be promoted from the practice squad, with C.J. Beathard elevated to starter.

49ers confirm Jimmy Garoppolo done for season with torn ACL

49ers confirm Jimmy Garoppolo done for season with torn ACL

A MRI confirmed the 49ers’ worst fears: Jimmy Garoppolo is out for the season with a torn ACL.

The team announced the news Monday afternoon, one day after 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said the team anticipated its quarterback had suffered the injury.

Garoppolo hobbled off the field during Sunday’s loss to the Chiefs after he scrambled out of the pocket and ran on a third-and-goal play. It appeared Garoppolo tried to stay in bounds instead of stepping out, and his left leg buckled as he absorbed a hit from a Chiefs defender.

Shanahan said the 49ers will turn to C.J. Beathard as their starting quarterback. Beathard completed 123 of 224 passes for 1,430 yards and four touchdowns with six interceptions as a rookie last season, going 1-4 in five starts.

Nick Mullens, a second-year pro out of Southern Mss, is on the 49ers’ practice squad and presumably will be called up to back up Beathard. Mullen hasn’t played in an NFL regular-season game, though he did complete 31 of 43 passes for 396 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions in four preseason contests this year.

The 49ers now will play on without two of their biggest offensive weapons, as running Jerick McKinnon tore his right ACL during the preseason and also is out for the season.

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