Steelers name Omar Khan next GM as team enters post-Ben Roethlisberger era

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Omar Khan, vice president of football and business administration for the Steelers, has been named the team’s next general manager, replacing Kevin Colbert, who is stepping down after a highly successful 22-year run.

Khan was one of six candidates the Steelers set up second interviews. The other five were Steelers pro scouting coordinator Brandon Hunt, Titans vice president of player personnel Ryan Cowden, Buccaneers vice president of personnel John Spytek, former Bills and Steelers general manager Doug Whaley and Eagles vice president of player personnel Andy Weidl. Weidl is expected to be named the Steelers’ new assistant general manager, according to Aditi Kinkhabwala.

Khan, 44, has been with the Steelers since 2001 after breaking into the NFL with the Saints in 1997. He first served as Pittsburgh’s football administration coordinator before being elected director of administration at the football in 2011. Khan was promoted to his recent role as Vice President of Football and Business Administration in 2016. The Steelers have won two Super Bowls and three AFC titles during Khan’s 21 years with the franchise.

Khan will follow in the footsteps of a legend in Colbert, who helped build rosters that won two Super Bowls, three AFC championships and 10 division titles. The Steelers made the playoffs 14 times during Colbert’s 22 years in Pittsburgh. They only had one losing season, as their streak of 18 consecutive undefeated seasons is the longest in the NFL.

“I am extremely pleased to have this opportunity to be the general manager of the Pittsburgh Steelers,” Khan said in a team statement. “I would like to thank Art Rooney II, Mike Tomlin and Kevin Colbert for their support throughout this process. I am ready for this challenge and grateful to continue the success we have had on the court during my first 21 I look forward to completing our football operations staff and working tirelessly to build another championship football team for Steelers Nation and our community.”

The Steelers are coming off a 2021 season that saw them make the playoffs after compiling a 9-7-1 regular season record. Pittsburgh’s offseason included the free agent signing of Mitchell Trubisky and the selection of former Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickett with the 20th overall pick. Both quarterbacks will vie with Mason Rudolph to be the team’s Week 1 starter.

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