- Former NFL Senior Writer in Sports Illustrated
- Covered Chargers, NFL for The San Diego Union-Tribune
- Member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selector Board since 2006
Jason ReidCloseLead Writer, The Undefeated
- Former Redskins columnist and writer for the Washington Post
- Covered multiple beats for 15 years in the Los Angeles Times
- Graduated from the University of Southern California
In an unprecedented move for an important professional sports league, the NFL proposed partnering with its players to make changes in social justice, although not all Players agree with the proposal.  The league presented to the players on Monday the final draft of a proposal that would contribute almost $ 100 million to finance causes considered critical for African-American communities. The NFL hopes that this effort will effectively end the peaceful but controversial movement that former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began when he refused to appear for the national anthem last season.
However, some players who actively protested since 2016 are disgusted with the NFL's approach and plan to break with the Players Coalition, a group of approximately 40 players who negotiated with the league office, about how their leaders have handled the negotiations. Miami Dolphins guard Michael Thomas and 49ers safety Eric Tweid tweeted Wednesday that they are withdrawing from the coalition.
"The Players Coalition was supposed to be formed as a group representing the NFL athletes who have quietly protested social injustice and racism" Thomas and Reid said via Twitter. "However, Malcolm [Jenkins] and Anquan [Boldin] can no longer speak on our behalf, because we do not believe that the beliefs of the coalition are in our general best interest."
In spite of everything, the NFL has made its speech, and although there is no quid pro quo, the hope is that the league's commitment creates an environment where players no longer want to protest.
The NFL's multifaceted offering earmarks at least $ 89 million over a seven-year period for national and local projects, according to documents reviewed by ESPN. Nationwide, owners will allocate $ 5 million this year, with an annual increase in commitment and a maximum of $ 12 million per year from 2021 to 2023. Locally, owners will contribute $ 250,000 annually and expect players to match that amount, a total of $ 500,000 for each team. Players and owners can exceed that amount if they wish, without any matching requirement. In addition, there would be other fundraising opportunities, including auctions of t-shirts used in games and telethons.