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Safety Eric Reid signs 3-year deal to return to Panthers

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Safety Eric Reid signs 3-year deal to return to Panthers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Safety Eric Reid says the three-year deal worth slightly more than $22 million he signed with the Carolina Panthers on Monday should strengthen his collusion grievance against the NFL.

The NFL Players Association filed a collusion grievance against the NFL on Reid’s behalf in May when he was not signed after the San Francisco 49ers opted to let their 2013 first-round pick become an unrestricted free agent.

The grievance, which is ongoing, alleged team owners and the league, influenced by President Donald Trump, colluded to prevent Reid’s employment because of his protests against social injustice. Reid in 2016 became the first player to join former San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick in kneeling during the national anthem.

“If anything, it proves my point from last year. I didn’t sign until a [few weeks into] the regular season. This year I signed a more substantial contract over the same time period. I’m the same player.'”

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Reid said the deal should help his case.

“If anything, it proves my point from last year. I didn’t sign until a [few weeks into] the regular season,” said Reid, signed by Carolina before the fourth game. “This year I signed a more substantial contract over the same time period. I’m the same player.”

Reid doesn’t hold out much hope that Kaepernick, who has not played since the 2016 season, will be signed.

“Knowing what I know, my hope tank is on E,” Reid said. “This is a leverage game, so we’ll see what happens moving forward.”

Reid joined a group of celebrities who boycotted the recent Super Bowl in Atlanta as a show of support for Kaepernick and others protesting police brutality and racial injustice.

“I spent time with my family, did homework with my daughters, played cards,” Reid said of how he spent Super Bowl Sunday. “It was a family day.”

Reid continued to kneel last season after signing with the Panthers, who acquired him after starting safety Da’Norris Searcy was placed on injured reserve with a concussion. It did not become a distraction and Reid was supported by his teammates, although no other players kneeled.

Quarterback Cam Newton said at the time that getting Reid was a “steal.”

“We have great players in this locker room and we’ve accepted him with open arms,” Newton said. “I was thinking to myself, I hope he was and is as excited as everyone is having him. He’s a very young, talented football player that has a lot of talent left in his body. For him to be on our team is a great thing.

“I’m going to stand by him knowing none of that will be a distraction for us winning football games.”

Re-signing Reid became a priority after the season as the Panthers sought to keep a veteran presence in the secondary. Strong safety Mike Adams, who will turn 38 in March, has not been re-signed and Searcy’s future is unclear.

“We always knew he was a solid football player, and he showed it to us,” coach Ron Rivera told the team website.

Reid started the final 13 games last season, finishing with 73 tackles, five passes defensed, one interception and one sack.

But Reid’s decision to re-sign before hitting the open market had little to do with loyalty to Carolina, the only team that took a chance on him last year.

“It’s an interesting aspect in sports where people wonder how much loyalty plays a part,” Reid said. “For me, I don’t see a lot of loyalty in this business. The Panthers could cut me tomorrow if they wanted to.

“The fact that they brought me in last year didn’t play that much of a role.”

What played a factor was that Charlotte reminds Reid of where he grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and he got what he considered a fair market deal.

The average salary of the top 10 safeties in the league ranges from $7 million to $13 million a year. Reid’s deal will average just over $7.3 million a year.

“I can envision my family being here during the season and being satisfied with the contract,” Reid said when explaining why he signed early. “If I wasn’t satisfied with the contract I would have gone into free agency.”

Reid still has issues with the league, from his grievance to his assertion he was drug tested randomly seven times this past season. Reid believes the league targeted him with the drug tests and more than four fines for game violations, at least two that were overturned after appeal.

“The NFL released a statement saying I was not targeted, and I believe otherwise,” Reid said

However, getting a new deal now instead of having to spend the offseason in doubt as he did a year ago has brought Reid “peace of mind.”

“Yeah, it’s been a long time coming with the way the CBA works with a fifth-year option and then [what happened] last year,” Reid said. “It gives my family peace of mind knowing where we’ll be the next couple of years. I enjoyed being here.

“I like that it’s low key here. It’s not too busy. Traffic isn’t crazy. I like the defense and the coaching staff, so I’m excited.”

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Reports: Bears to cut K Parkey in March

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After a difficult season culminated by a crucial missed field goal on a potential game-winning field goal in the NFC playoffs, kicker Cody Parkey will be released by the Chicago Bears when the new league year begins in March.

FILE PHOTO: Sep 17, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears kicker Cody Parkey (1) watches his field goal during the first half against the Seattle Seahawks at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports

According to multiple reports on Friday, the team intends to cut ties with Parkey once the NFL free agency period begins on March 13.

Parkey, who turned 27 on Tuesday, endured an inconsistent season in Chicago after inking a four-year, $15 million contract last winter following the team’s release of Robbie Gould, the Bears’ all-time leading scorer who moved on to the San Francisco 49ers.

Parkey, a five-year veteran, not only missed a career-high seven field-goal attempts and three extra points during the regular season, but his 43-yard attempt in the final seconds of the NFC wild-card round against the Philadelphia Eagles first hit the upright then the crossbar before bouncing back on the field.

Despite the NFL later ruling that the kick was partially blocked, Parkey took much of the public blame for the Bears’ season ending.

Parkey began his career with the Eagles in 2014 when he made the Pro Bowl as a rookie, scoring a franchise-record 150 points while making 32 of 36 field-goal tries. In two seasons with the Eagles, Parkey never missed an extra point.

Parkey later kicked for the Cleveland Browns in 2016 and Miami Dolphins in 2017.

In January, the Bears signed Tulsa product Redford Jones after conducting a workout that reportedly included multiple hopefuls. Jones made 50 of his 67 field-goal attempts at Tulsa from 2015-17, and he does have a kick on his resume where he hit both uprights. Unlike Parkey’s double-doink, though, that 2016 attempt against Cincinnati ended up going over the crossbar for three points.

“We need more production out of that position,” Bears general manager Ryan Pace said last month after signing Jones. “We know we need to get better there, and it will be an area of focus.”

—Field Level Media

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WTA roundup: Bencic upsets Svitolina to reach Dubai final

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WTA roundup: Bencic upsets Svitolina to reach Dubai final

Belinda Bencic secured a spot in the final by stunning two-time champion Elina Svitolina 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (3) on Friday at the Dubai Duty Free Championships in the United Arab Emirates.

Tennis – WTA Premier 5 – Dubai Tennis Championships – Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, Dubai, United Arab Emirates – February 22, 2019 Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic in action during the Semi Final against Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina REUTERS/Satish Kumar

Bencic trailed 5-3 in the final set before recovering to defeat the sixth-seeded Svitolina. She will face second-seeded Petra Kvitova in the championship match after the Czech Republic star defeated Taiwan’s Su-Wei Hsieh 3-6, 6-2, 6-4.

“I think I’m always the most proud of how I fight,” Bencic said after posting the victory. “Even when I lose, I learned myself to just look in the mirror and be proud of myself when I’m fighting, when I’m giving my all, when I’m trying to do what I have to do.”

Bencic won eight consecutive points after Svitolina was in position to close out the match. Then the Switzerland native carried the momentum into the tiebreaker to notch one of the biggest victories of her career by outdueling the Ukrainian.

“Basically, I stayed in the zone, even in (the) tiebreak,” Bencic said. “I was barely breathing, just playing automatic. You are not thinking any more. It’s where the instincts just guide you through it.”

Bencic will be seeking her third career title when she squares off with Kvitova, who will be shooting for her 27th.

Kvitova dropped the first set on Friday before recovering to win the last two.

“It was a tough one today, for sure,” Kvitova said. “She really didn’t give me anything for free. It was a tough first set. I’m glad that I was able to came back in the second. I didn’t play great at the end of the first.

“I think I’m pleased with my kind of mental focus after losing the first set, that I was calmer when I came back and played from the beginning of the second set. I still kind of felt that I can do that somehow. I don’t know. It was something weird.”

Kvitova overcame eight double faults to claim the victory.

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Top-seeded Alison Van Uytvanck defeated Ukraine’s Kateryna Kozlova 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 to advance to the semifinals in Budapest.

Van Uytvanck, of Belgium, will face fifth-seeded Ekaterina Alexandrova in the semis. The Russian dispatched third-seeded Frenchwoman Pauline Parmentier 6-3, 6-2.

Eighth-seeded Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic will face Russian Anastasia Potapova in the other semi. Vondrousova outlasted Romania’s Irina-Camelia Begu 5-7, 6-1, 6-3 while the 17-year-old Potapova fought past Romania’s Sorana Cirstea 6-4, 6-7 (5), 7-5 in 2 hours, 50 minutes.

—Field Level Media

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Patriots owner Robert Kraft facing charges of solicitation of prostitution

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New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is facing charges of misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution after he was twice videotaped paying for a sex act at an illicit massage parlor, police in Florida said Friday.

The 77-year-old Kraft was one of 25 people involved in the alleged solicitation at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter.

Michael Edmondson, spokesman for the state attorney’s office in Palm Beach County, told ESPN that the nature of any charges that the 25 people face will not be released until next week.

Kraft has denied wrongdoing.

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