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NFL Considering Boosting Draft Picks of Teams That Hire Black Coaches

NFL Considering Boosting Draft Picks of Teams That Hire Black Coaches”

Under the proposal, aimed at fixing diversity problems leaguewide, a team could improve its third-round draft selection by up to 16 picks - going up 10 spots for hiring a minority candidate as general manager or an equivalent-level position and six spots for hiring a minority head coach.

According to an NFL.com report published on Friday, the league will present two resolutions to owners during a meeting on Tuesday. The plans need 24 of 32 votes in favor to pass.

Entering a third season with the hire still on board would see a team's fourth-round pick climb five spots. Hiring a minority quarterbacks coach and retaining the coach for more than one season would merit a fourth-round compensatory pick.

If a team hires a minority head coach, that team, in the Draft preceding the coach's second season, would move up six spots from where it is slotted to pick in the third round.

In a move that is sure to excite some fans, the National Football League just sent out a memo to all 32 teams detailing plans for team facilities to start reopening on May 19. Hiring a minority general manger would mean a 10-spot advancement. The rule requires NFL teams to interview at least one minority candidate for any head coach or senior football operations position.

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There is a little bit more to it than that - including potentially further enhancing the Rooney Rule by doubling the number of minority candidates a team must interview for head-coaching vacancies - but these are the main strokes. According to NFL.com, only three of the past 20 head-coaching openings were filled by a person of color.

No players or members of the coaching staff can return to the facility under the first phase of reopening, unless the player is receiving medical treatment.

The NFL will allow clubs to reopen their facilities beginning as early as Tuesday if they are permitted to do so under state and local regulations and meet safety protocols previously outlined by the league, the commissioner said on Friday. Several months ago, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell acknowledged that the league wanted to encourage teams to hire black coaches, and now it looks like moves are being made to facilitate that plan.

Though some team sources believe the entire offseason program - including Organized Team Activities and minicamp - will be done virtually, the league hasn't closed the door on the possibility of in-person work leading up to training camp.



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