According to a release sent out by the league, the two-time Super Bowl winner will be named a Senior Advisor to Football Operations, working alongside NFL Vice President of Football Operations Troy Vincent.
"We are incredibly pleased to add someone of Coach Coughlin's experience and character to our staff," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. "His passion for football is evident and we are confident he will contribute a great deal to the betterment of the game for current and future players as well as for fans at every level of our sport."
The move is a win-win for Coughlin, who wanted to stay busy after his pseudo-retirement, and his former team. He was offered the chance to remain with the Giants in an advisory role, though the move would inevitably make for some uncomfortable moments with new head coach Ben McAdoo as he attempts to forge his own identity.
Coughlin clearly wanted to remain busy, and even interviewed with the Philadelphia Eagles this past offseason for their head coaching vacancy.
A notorious stickler, Coughlin will be invaluable to the competition, health and safety, coaches, general managers, combine review and NCAA rules and oversight committees, which is where he will spend most of his time. The NFL also stated that Coughlin will add insight across the board, including rule development and Pro Bowl operation.
While it might not seem like a significant change, Coughlin would not have taken the job if he wasn't passionate about the future of NFL football. With the league constantly re-examining key rule changes and alterations, having an experienced voice could go a long way toward providing clarity.