Steelers expected to hire Omar Khan as next general manager, sources say

Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on

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PITTSBURGH — Omar Khan, the Steelers' vice president of football and business administration who has been with the organization for 21 years, is expected to be named the team’s new general manager, replacing Kevin Colbert, multiple sources have told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Khan, 45, has served primarily as the Steelers’ lead contract negotiator who manages the team’s always intricate salary cap. An announcement is expected this week.

As part of the arrangement, the Steelers are expected to hire Philadelphia Eagles vice president of player personnel Andy Weidl, a Mt. Lebanon, Pa., native, as assistant general manager. Unlike Colbert, Khan’s background is not in talent evaluation.

Khan was one of six finalists who received second interviews with team president Art Rooney II to replace Colbert, who is retiring after 22 seasons with the Steelers. He has interviewed multiple times for other general manager openings around the NFL.


Khan began his NFL career with his hometown New Orleans Saints, first as a student intern while at Tulane University, then working full time in the football operations department for four seasons. He earned a degree in sports management with a minor in business administration at Tulane.

He was hired by the Steelers in 2001 as their football operations coordinator and was named director of football administration in 2011. Five years later, he was promoted to his present role as vice president of football and business administration.

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