Pittsburgh Steelers Finally Hire New GM and Assistant GM

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On Wednesday, months after the NFL season ended, the Pittsburgh Steelers have officially hired their next general manager.  With former general manager Kevin Colbert announcing last season that he would be stepping down following the 2022 NFL Draft, the Steelers went through an extensive search to find the right guy to succeed him.  Ultimately, the team decided to hire from within by naming Omar Khan as the next GM.  

Khan, who has been with the team for 21 years, signed a four-year deal to be Colbert's successor.  His most recent role with the organization was Vice President of Football and Business Administration, a role he has been in since 2016.  In this role, he worked closely alongside Colbert, President Art Rooney II and head coach Mike Tomlin, which undoubtedly played a huge factor when deciding upon who would be the next to fill this role.

Colbert had become renowned throughout his tenure as general manager at finding incredible talent in the draft, so Khan will have some big shoes to fill.  To aid in Colbert's departure, the team also made the move to hire Andy Weidl, who was the Vice President of Player Personnel with the Philadelphia Eagles, to be the Assistant General Manager under Khan. This will be of great value to Khan, who excelled in contract negotiations and handling of the salary cap in his previous role.  By combining their talents, they should be more than capable of making this a smooth transition.

Personally, I'm glad to see that the hire was made internally.  The Steelers interviewed an abundance of candidates, so it can't be said that they didn't do their due diligence.  But by turning to someone within the Steelers' organization, they are able to stick to their brand since Khan has been a part of it for the last two decades.  

Turning the operations over to an outsider could certainly have muddied the "Steelers way" that Pittsburgh fans have become accustomed to over the years.  He played an important role in the championship runs over that time so he knows what it takes to return to that level.  Only time will tell if Khan can succeed in the draft as well as Colbert did, but I firmly believe the General Manager position is in good hands with this hire.