The San Francisco 49ers have benefited from a new NFL rule in recent years and it appears several owners are not happy about it.
Back, the NFL’s 32 owners approved a new policy calling for teams to be rewarded whenever a minority member of their organization was hired by another team to become a head coach or general manager. The idea behind the new rule was to encourage more diversity by rewarding teams that hired (and developed) minority coaches and executives.
The 49ers have certainly been the biggest benefactors of the new policy and not everyone is happy with it. According to ESPN, several owners have complained to the league office about the number of compensatory picks the 49ers have received due to this policy.
In the 2023 draft alone, the 49ers received three special compensatory picks, all of which came late in the third round.
Below Rule, any team that loses a minority coach or executive to a head coaching or general manager position will be compensated with two third-round picks that will be awarded as a single pick for two consecutive years. If a team loses two employees in 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 losing Robert Saleh (2021), Martin Mayhew (2021), Mike McDaniel (2022), DeMeco Ryans (2023) and Ran Carthon (2023). Overall, those five losses earned the 49ers several additional third-round picks, which they began receiving in 2021 and will get through 2025.
The 49ers made the most of their extra picks. In 2021, they used one of their compensatory picks on Ambry Thomas, who played in 15 games this season at cornerback with six starts. In 2023, they used one of their compensatory picks on kicker Jake Moody, so they will have at least two players on their roster who were taken with a compensatory pick and could end up playing a key role in the Super Bowl LVIII.
Although the 49ers benefited from the new policy, it’s strange that other owners are furious about it, since they were the ones who approved the rule and they are allowed to benefit from it as well.