• Sat. Feb 24th, 2024

The San Francisco 49ers: Benefiting from NFL’s Diversity Rule and Overcoming Owners’ Criticism


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The San Francisco 49ers have been reaping the benefits of a new NFL rule for the past few years. In November 2020, the NFL’s 32 owners approved a policy that rewarded teams any time a minority member of their organization was hired away by another team to be either a head coach or a general manager. This new rule aimed to encourage more diversity by rewarding teams that hired and developed minority coaches and executives. Several owners have expressed their dissatisfaction with the number of compensatory picks the 49ers have received due to this policy.

Under this rule, any team that loses a minority coach or executive to a head coach or general manager job will be compensated with two third-round picks that will be awarded as one pick in two consecutive years. If a team loses two employees during a single offseason, then that club will receive three third-round picks that will be spread out over three consecutive years. Over the past three seasons, the 49ers have gained extra picks due to the losses of Robert Saleh, Martin Mayhew, Mike McDaniel, DeMeco Ryans, and Ran Carthon. These losses have netted the 49ers several extra third-round picks, which they started receiving in 2021 and will get through 2025.

The 49ers have made great use of their extra picks by using them on players such as Ambry Thomas, who played in 15 games this season at cornerback with six starts, and kicker Jake Moody. In 2023, they used one of their compensatory picks on kicker Jake Moody so they’ll have at least two players on their roster who were taken with a compensatory pick and who could end up playing key roles in Super Bowl LVIII.

While it is clear that other teams are unhappy about this new policy and its impact on their own organizations, it is important to note that these teams also voted for it when it was first introduced. It seems strange that some owners would now complain about it when they had the opportunity to benefit from it themselves just like the San Francisco 49ers did.

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