49ers lead in comp picks for various reward policies
Since the NFL implemented its different awards policy in 2020, the San Francisco 49ers were at the forefront.
The Niners received five compensatory draft picks in the third round for the development of Martin Mayhew, Robert Saleh and Mike McDaniel. You get two more for Ran Carthon and another if DeMeco Ryans becomes head coach this season.
Five other teams were awarded a total of 10 compensation picks.
The policy, enacted in 2020, states: “Clubs who develop a versatile member of staff who is employed in the position of Primary Football Executive or Head Coach at another club will receive a draft pick salary of the third round in the form of a compensatory draft pick the next two drafts. If a club hires two staff members for either the head coach or GM position, that club receives a compensatory third-round pick in the next three drafts.
Mayhew, a former NFL cornerback, was San Francisco’s vice president of player personnel before Washington hired him as general manager in 2021.
Saleh was the defensive coordinator of the 49ers before becoming the head coach of the New York Jets in 2021.
McDaniel was the team’s offensive coordinator until the Miami Dolphins hired him as their head coach last year.
Carthon, also a former player, was the director of player personnel before the Tennessee Titans hired him as their GM last week.
“Our main goal is to ensure that there is development that allows the nurturing of diverse talent,” league manager Jonathan Beane told The Associated Press.
“That’s exactly what this bonus policy does. It really rewards a club, organization and leaders for developing great talent that happens to be diverse and then have the opportunity to become a general manager or head coach at another club.”
The development of these candidates allowed the 49ers to collect additional drafts. The team traded a 2023 second-round pick, a 2023 third-round pick, a 2023 fourth-round pick and a 2024 fifth-round pick to Carolina for star running back Christian McCaffrey in October.
“We are fortunate that some other paths, minority coaches who gave us some advice. I think that empowers you to do something like that because you get a few comp threes and you’re going to get more with things like that in the future,” Niners GM John Lynch said.
The Browns (Kwesi Adofo Mensah), Saints (Terry Fontenot), Rams (Brad Holmes), Chiefs (Ryan Poles) and Eagles (Andrew Barry) also received two picks in the third round for the development of minority contenders.
The 49ers, Eagles and Chiefs will contest the Conference Championship Game on Sunday.
“The way I see it, that’s how they work as an organization,” Beane, the NFL’s senior vice president, chief diversity and inclusion officer, said of the 49ers.
“Diversity is very important to them. They have great diversity in coaching, football outreaches and also in business operations. They see this as a definite strength of the organization and it shows in the performance on the field.”
Ryans, a two-time Pro Bowl linebacker in 10 seasons with Houston and Philadelphia, is a leading candidate after leading the league’s best defense. He appreciates the philosophy of San Francisco in the development of coaches and leaders of the front office.
“It’s an excellent organization from top to bottom, the way things are done here, top notch,” Ryans said. “John and (head coach) Kyle (Shanahan) have done a great job bringing in the right people. And when everyone comes here, everyone’s opinion counts. Everyone feels part of what we do here and I think that’s why the organization is so successful. It is built only with the right people in mind. When you have good people, you can do really good things. And that’s what we did here.”
AP Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow contributed to this report.
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