Stanford held their Pro Day on Thursday, and former San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid was on hand to support his brother, Justin. After the workouts, Reid (Eric) spoke to the local media on hand, and had a chance to address his free agency situation.
Reid said his agent has been in communication with a couple teams. Numbers and “business” had not been discussed yet, but it sounds like there is at least some kind of communication out there. He did mention that the 49ers have not offered him a contract.
The free agent safety market got off to a virtually nonexistent start, but has since seen Tyrann Mathieu and Morgan Burnett both sign contracts. There have been no rumors connecting Reid to teams, but if discussions are happening, at some point we might hear something.
For free agents, the next month or so will be key. Offseason workout programs begin next month, with new coaching staffs getting to start at the beginning of the month, and returning coaches on April 16. After that, The NFL Draft follows at the end of the month, at which point things will likely slow down in the market while teams sort through their new rookies. Early June would likely see another run on veterans as teams head to minicamp.
General manager John Lynch also spoke to the media about Reid and the 49ers safety situation. He pointed to the quiet safety market and said he thought things would pick up for Reid. He offered a “never say never” about Reid returning to the 49ers, but for the time being, that does not seem to be the plan.