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John Lynch says 49ers have not closed the door on Eric Reid

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He may still yet return to the 49ers.

With a majority of free agency signings already done, one name that has remained unsigned is San Francisco 49ers free agent safety Eric Reid. He’s visited with the Cincinnati Bengals, but not much else.

Fortunately, 49ers general manager John Lynch says that the door isn’t closed on bringing the safety back to the team.

“We’ve been in communication with Eric and his representative. There has been communication. Certainly would not close [the door] He’s a really good football player who played in an important role for us last year and displayed his versatility. IT’s just that market, the safety market, has been incredibly slow for whatever reason this year and Eric has been a victim of that. We’ll see where that plays itself out. Some of it is at Eric’s discretion and where he wants to be.”

The Eric Reid situation has been a hot one for the league. Many including Reid himself speculate his difficulty in finding a job is due to his protest of kneeling alongside Colin Kaepernick during the National Anthem.

In the 49ers’ case, Reid has been a victim of circumstance. He’s a solid veteran while the 49ers have Adrian Colbert, Jaquiski Tartt, and Jimmie Ward on the roster. Colbert and Tartt both were playing around Reid’s level and came cheaper and younger on their rookie deals.

There have been conflicting reports; originally saying the 49ers offered a contract for one year to Reid and later saying no deal was offered and Reid was open to a one-year deal with the 49ers.

Either way, it seems like a reunion is still a possibility.