Steelers reportedly name new general manager after long search

The Pittsburgh Steelers have reportedly hired their new general manager, and he was in the organization this whole time.

At the end of the season, the Pittsburgh Steelers not only began their search to replace quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, but also general manager Kevin Colbert. The team revealed that the longtime general manager would stay on until after the NFL Draft. After a lengthy search that included 16 candidates, the Steelers have found their new general manager, and they were in the organization this whole time.

According to ESPN senior NFL insider Adam Schefter, the Steelers are promoting vice president of football and business administration Omar Khan to be their next general manager. CBS Sports’ Aditi Kinkhabwala was first to say that Khan was expected to get the job.

Steelers promote VP Omar Khan to be their next GM

Khan joined Pittsburgh in 2001 as a football administration coordinator, which happened after working with the New Orleans Saints since 1997. Khan was promoted to director of football operations in 2011 and vice president in 2016.

There was also another hiring made in Pittsburgh, which broke just before the Khan news.

Kinkhabwala reported that the Steelers were hiring Philadelphia Eagles vice president of player personnel Andy Weidl as their new assistant general manager. Weidl is a native of Pittsburgh and was also a finalist for the general manager position.

The other finalists for the general manager position included Tampa Bay Buccaneers vice president of player personnel John Spytek, Tennessee Titans vice president of player personnel Ryan Cowden, former Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley and Steelers pro scouting coordinator Brandon Hunt.

Pittsburgh spent the offseason looking to build off of a successful 2021 season where they clinched a Wild Card berth. They addressed the quarterback position this offseason by bringing in Mitchell Trubisky and drafting Pittsburgh Panther signal caller Kenny Pickett. They also signed former Chicago Bears guard James Daniels to a three-year contract, $26.5 million contract to shore up the offensive line.

Steelers fans have waited a long time to find out who will be their general manager, but they received their answer on May 24. It will be Khan, who had been working alongside Colbert in the organization for over 20 years.