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Cowboys avoid signing Eric Reid, who files new collusion grievance against NFL

Eric Reid and Colin Kaepernick kneel during the national anthem before a game against the Los Angeles Rams in Santa Clara, Calif., in 2016.
Eric Reid and Colin Kaepernick kneel during the national anthem before a game against the Los Angeles Rams in Santa Clara, Calif., in 2016. Associated Press

The Cowboys still need help at safety, and there is one starting-caliber player still on the market.

But his chances of ending up in Dallas just went down dramatically.

Eric Reid has filed a collusion grievance against the NFL over his employment status. A source told ESPN that Reid has hired attorney Mark Geragos to help resolve the situation. Geragos represented Reid's former teammate, Colin Kaepernick, in the quarterback's collusion grievance against the league.

Those two players were instrumental in starting the national anthem protest across the NFL. And the two remain unsigned.

Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo made the difficult decision to walk away from the game last offseason. He has insight into the difficulty now facing his friend, Jason Witten.

A few weeks ago, though, Reid said he would consider protesting in different ways. Pro Football talk reported last month that Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown asked Reid whether he planned to continue kneeling during the anthem. Although Reid did not end up getting a contract offer from the Bengals.

And the Cowboys are still thin at the safety position. The front office didn't add one at the NFL Draft, even though Byron Jones is moving to cornerback. And there isn't much left on the free-agent market.

Considering Reid's shift in attitude and the team's need at the position, there's a small chance Jerry Jones might have considered signing the versatile defensive back.

But Reid's latest action against the league suggests he might not be done protesting the anthem.

And Jones has made his thoughts on that topic very clear.

“I would say that implication that we’re not respecting the flag is not going to be accepted,” he said last fall. “I would ask anybody to look at my record relative to what I say I’m going to do and go from there.”

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