After months of searching for a new general manager, the Pittsburgh Steelers have reportedly found their man.
The two leading candidates for the general manager vacancy early on were Steelers vice president of soccer operations Omar Khan and pro scouting coordinator Brandon Hunt.
According to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the former is getting the job. That’s right, after months of searching for a new general manager, the team is promoting Omar Khan to fill the void left by Kevin Colbert‘s retirement.
Khan beat Several candidates
The team interviews six candidates at least twice before making a decision. One of the candidates interviewed for the general manager position will join Khan’s staff.
According to a report from NFL insider Aditi Kinkhabwala, Philadelphia Eagles executive Andy Weidl will return home. According to reports, the Pittsburgh native will be the team’s new assistant general manager.
“Andy Wiedl, Pittsburgh native and vice president of player personnel for the #Eagles, is slated to be named the new assistant general manager of the #Steelers, I’m told by several league sources,” Kinkhabwala said. “That means signs point to longtime Steelers executive Omar Khan emerging as the winner in the search to replace Kevin Colbert.”
Khan is known for his business experience and his ability to manipulate the league’s salary cap. With that in mind, Weidl could emerge as a backup on the personnel side.
The new pair has huge shoes to fill after Kevin Colbert helped the team win two Super Bowls.
When did Omar Khan come to the Steelers?
Khan was hired by the Steelers in 2001 and has been the team’s “cap man” during that time, with the official title of vice president of business and football administration. He was one of six finalists for the general manager’s job, beating out internal candidate Brandon Hunt and several outside candidates, including Weidl, who will become his right-hand man.