Pittsburgh Steelers promote Omar Khan to take over as GM

PITTSBURGH -- The Steelers have named Omar Khan as their next general manager, the team announced Wednesday.

He signed a four-year contract, the team said.

After interviewing more than a dozen candidates for the general manager position, the Steelers selected Khan, who has been with the organization for more than two decades. He started with the Steelers as a football operations coordinator in 2001 and was promoted to director of football administration in 2011. He spent the past six seasons as the vice president of football and business administration. In that role, he was responsible for managing the Steelers' salary cap.

"I am pleased to announce Omar Khan as our next General Manager," Steelers president Art Rooney II said in a statement. "Omar has been an integral part of our Football Operations Department during his 21 years with the team, and that experience will serve him well in his new position."

Khan was considered a favorite during the exhaustive search that also included interviews with Brandon Hunt, the Steelers' director of pro scouting. Outgoing general manager Kevin Colbert announced he was stepping down following the 2021 season, but he left open the possibility to stay on in an advisory role after more than two decades with the Steelers.

"I am extremely excited for this opportunity to be the 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 have had on the field during my first 21 years. 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, meanwhile, have also hired Eagles VP of player personnel Andy Weidl as their assistant GM, a source told ESPN's Tim McManus, confirming a report by NFL reporter Aditi Kinkhabwala.