Steelers names Omar Khan the next general manager as the team enters the era after Ben Roethlisberger

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

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

Khan, 44, has been with the Steelers since 2001 after invading the NFL with the Saints in 1997. He initially served as Pittsburgh’s football management coordinator before being elected director of football management in 2011. Khan was promoted to the recent position of Vice President of football and business administration in 2016. The Steelers have won two Super Bowls and three AFC titles during Khan’s 21-year career with the franchise.

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

“I am extremely excited about this opportunity to become general manager of the Pittsburgh Steelers,” Khan said in a 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 had on the pitch during my first 21 years. “I look forward to completing our football staff and working tirelessly to build another football league team for the Steelers Nation and our community.”

The Steelers come from a 2021 season that saw them enter the playoffs after setting a 9-7-1 regular season record. The Pittsburgh offseason included the signing of free agent Mitchell Trumpiski and the selection of Pete’s former general, Kenny Pickett, with the 20th overall selection. Both generals will compete with Mason Rudolph to be the team’s key player in Week 1.

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