With Donald in camp,

With Donald in camp,
09 pa 2018 - 10:31:18
Free agent safety Eric Reid said Thursday he is not planning to protest during the national anthem this upcoming season.

Reid has been among the NFL?s most visible protesters since former San Francisco teammate Colin Kaepernick decided not to stand for the national anthem in 2016.

Reid continued the protest of racial injustice and police brutality against minorities by kneeling during the anthem last season as Kaepernick was unable to find a job. But Reid said he will take a different approach in 2018.

?We understand you have to change with the times Anthony Munoz Jersey ,? he said after watching his brother, Justin, take part in his Pro Day at Stanford.

?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 and improve on the issues happening in this country. I don?t think it will be in the form of protesting during the anthem. I say during because it?s crazy that the narrative changed to we were protesting the anthem and that wasn?t the case. I think we?re going to take a different approach to how we?re going to be active.?

Reid has gotten no contract offers more than a week into free agency despite a record of strong play on the field and versatility that many teams usually covet.

San Francisco general manager John Lynch said the team is monitoring the market for Reid but the Niners are mostly set at safety with Jaquiski Tartt, Jimmie Ward and Adrian Colbert under contract.

Reid said his agent has heard from a ?couple? of teams but money hasn?t been discussed and he is still awaiting an opportunity. Reid has said that he understands his activism could affect his employment, especially after watching Kaepernick go unsigned for more than a year.

?I said before, I stand by what I?ve done,? he said. ?I know why I?ve done it. My faith in God is the reason. I can go to sleep at night confident that I did what I was taught to do. I?m just going to stay positive, keep training, keep staying in shape and we?ll see what happens.?

Reid was a first-round pick by the 49ers in 2013 and made the Pro Bowl as a rookie. He has been a strong player throughout his career, playing strong safety, free safety and even some linebacker last season when San Francisco was short-handed at the position.

He has 10 interceptions and 36 passes defensed in 70 career games.

?Eric played and played well for us last year,? Lynch said. ?I think he?s kind of stuck in a safety market that?s been quiet. I would anticipate things starting to shake for him. We?ll see.?

While Eric Reid looks for a team, he spent Thursday helping his brother prepare for his Pro Day. Justin Reid is considered one of the top safeties eligible for the draft and will likely get picked on the first two days of next month?s draft.

Justin Reid said he has visits planned with Minnesota Authentic Denzel Ward Jersey , Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Seattle and Carolina. He also met with 29 teams at the combine but said no one has asked him about his brother or if he would protest during the anthem.

Justin Reid said he?s prepared for those questions if they come and that he won?t protest.

?We each have our own beliefs,? he said. ?He felt like that?s what he needed to do. I have my own ways that I feel like I?m going to go about it. I?m not as much of a vocal person in that situation. I don?t really like drama. I don?t want to deal with that.?

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Aaron Donald's two-year quest to become the NFL's highest-paid defensive player finally ended in success Friday morning.

And just a few minutes after signing his deal, Donald was at work on the Los Angeles Rams' practice fields for the first time in months, determined to keep doing the same things that made him so very wealthy.

The All-Pro defensive tackle agreed to a six-year, $135 million deal, ending his second consecutive preseason holdout with a landmark commitment from the Rams.

"I feel good right now," Donald said. "To be back out here playing football again, that's what it is all about. Long process and a long wait. It was tough. Definitely it was tough for me, having a love for the game, having to push that to the side and handle the business side."

The reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year is signed through 2024, and the Rams' defense can rest solidly on its cornerstone as Los Angeles attempts to capitalize on last season's success with a Super Bowl run.

ESPN and the NFL Network reported the new deal includes a $40 million signing bonus and $87 million guaranteed. Donald is already under contract this season for $6.89 million in the final year of his rookie deal.

"It's a blessing Womens A.J. Green Jersey ," Donald said of his new deal, which surpasses Von Miller's contract in Denver as the new benchmark for defenders. "Growing up thinking about playing in the NFL, you never think that big, or expect something like that. But my dad told me since Day One, hard work pays off. I'm going to continue to work nonstop."

After skipping the Rams' entire offseason program and training camp, Donald started work right away, even showing up at the Rams' training complex to sign his contract earlier than scheduled Friday morning. When he joined practice later, the Rams finally got to see Donald alongside newcomer Ndamukong Suh and veteran Michael Brockers on their potentially destructive defensive line.

Earlier this week, Rams coach Sean McVay said Donald should be able to play in the Rams' Monday night regular-season opener in Oakland on Sept. 10 if he signed within the next few days. Donald has been working out at home in Pittsburgh during his holdout, and McVay checked in regularly with him.

"I feel good, but I've still got to get in football mode, as far as pass rushing moves and just knocking the rust off a little bit," Donald said. "But that will come in a couple of days."

The Rams managed to maintain a civil relationship with Donald throughout the two years of difficult negotiations. Donald and his representatives were determined to make him one of the NFL's highest-paid players at any position, but the Rams wanted to reward Donald while keeping their overall salary structure intact.

"I don't think you were ever miles apart Marcell Dareus Jersey ," Rams general manager Les Snead said. "Everybody with common sense knew Aaron Donald was, at minimum, going to be the highest-paid defensive player in football. From there, you had to figure it out."

Since his rookie season in St. Louis as the 13th overall pick in the draft, the 27-year-old Pitt product has been one of the NFL's most dominant linemen with remarkable effectiveness against the run and the pass.

The compact powerhouse was chosen for the Pro Bowl after each of his four seasons, and he was a key component of Los Angeles' extraordinary one-year turnaround under McVay in 2017. With Donald adapting quickly to new veteran coordinator Wade Phillips despite missing training camp, the Rams won their division for the first time since 2003 and ended the franchise's streaks of 13 consecutive non-winning seasons and 12 straight non-playoff seasons.

Although Donald has 39 sacks in four NFL seasons, traditional statistics don't reflect the full measure of his disruptive play on the line. Phillips rhapsodizes about Donald's ability to force opposing offenses into bad decisions by his ability to wreck any blocking scheme with his low, ferocious charges through the line.

But Donald also took a hard line in negotiating his football future: Along with his training camp holdouts, he also skipped the Rams' entire offseason program this year. He didn't report last year until the day before the regular-season opener, forcing him to miss the Rams' first game.

He still was named the NFL's top defensive player despite playing in only 14 games, racking up 11 sacks and 41 tackles while forcing five fumbles for the NFC West champions. He also led the NFL with 91 quarterback pressures, according to Pro Football Focus.

Donald now must learn how to play alongside Suh after the five-time Pro Bowl selection joined the Rams as a free agent in March. They'll work together on a revamped defense that also includes new cornerbacks Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib.

"It's interesting, 'cause it's always been on paper Art Monk Jersey , right?" Snead said. "Oh, Aaron Donald paired with Brockers and Suh and everyone else and the DBs. But to see him on the practice field now beside (Brockers), besides (Suh), with Aqib, you're like, 'OK, wait a minute. Here's what we set out to do.' And now you just look forward to going and playing a game."

With Donald in camp, the Rams finally have their near-term roster settled while still maintaining significant room on their payroll for 2019 ??just in time for quarterback Jared Goff to reach the fourth year of his rookie deal with the chance to negotiate a long-term contract.

Los Angeles demonstrated its willingness to pay top dollar for talent in recent months by acquiring those three defensive stars and agreeing to lucrative long-term deals with NFL Offensive Player of the Year Todd Gurley, receiver Brandin Cooks and right tackle Rob Havenstein.

Yet those deals also were structured to make sure Donald could get the contract he deserved.

"They all made some sort of sacrifice for this moment," Snead said of Gurley, Cooks and Havenstein. "They didn't take less money. Th Authentic Houston Texans Jerseys
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