The 49ers have lost several key figures in their organization this offseason, but they’re set to receive some payback for their trouble.
San Francisco is set to receive a compensatory third-round pick in 2023 after former 49ers personnel chief Martin Mayhew was named the general manager of the Washington Football Team on Friday morning. New additions to the Rooney Rule stipulate that if a team loses an executive of color to a promotion elsewhere, the club receives a draft-pick compensation.
Mayhew, who is Black, spent four years in the 49ers’ front office, the last two of which were as vice president of player personnel.
The Niners were already slated for compensatory picks in the 2021 and 2022 drafts as former defensive coordinator Robert Saleh, who is Arab-American, was hired as the New York Jets’ new head coach.
Initially it was unclear whether the 49ers would receive the pick because Washington was reportedly set to hire both Mayhew and Marty Hurney, the former Panthers general manager, to front-office jobs. If Mayhew did not take a step up to general manager, the 49ers would not have received the pick — but with Friday’s announcement, the pick is secured.
“Martin has played an integral role in helping to establish a sustainable, championship culture over the last four years,” 49ers GM John Lynch said in a statement. “His skills as a talent evaluator and his counsel as a trusted advisor have positively impacted me and the 49ers organization.”
Mayhew, 55, came to the 49ers in 2017 after one year with the Giants. Before his time in New York, he was the general manager of the Detroit Lions from 2009-2015.
In joining Washington, Mayhew returns to the team that helped him earn a Super Bowl XXVI ring as a defensive back. He played nine years in the NFL, including 1989-1992 with Washington.
Mayhew will join another football lifer in Washington with Bay Area ties: head coach Ron Rivera, who played linebacker at Cal.
Rivera was the de-facto general manager of the team last year, his first in Washington, after Bruce Allen was fired as team president following the 2019 season.
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