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Texans interview Steelers' executive Omar Khan for open GM position


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The Houston Texans announced on their Twitter account last night that they've interviewed Steelers' vice president of football and business administration, Omar Khan, for their open general manager position.


Many believe that Khan could be the one to replace Kevin Colbert as the Steelers' general manager once Colbert decides to retire. Colbert, 64, is currently on a year-to-year contract, which expires after the 2021 NFL Draft.


In 2001, Khan was hired by the Steelers in the football operations/player personnel department. Along with Colbert, he has helped put together two Super Bowl winners. In 20 seasons, Colbert and Khan have drafted and signed/extended over 30 Pro Bowl players.


Khan, 43, has been in his current role since 2016 and is known in Pittsburgh as the cap guru, who's responsible for dealing with the team's contract negotiations and salary cap management.


Khan is a New Orleans native and got his start with the Tulane football team as an undergraduate assistant. Following his time at Tulane, Khan served as a scouting/personnel intern with the New Orleans Saints. Once he graduated in 1997, he was brought on in a full-time capacity by the Saints in the football operations department.


According to Joe Rutter of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Khan has interviewed for GM vacancies in the past -- Seattle Seahawks (2010), St. Louis Rams (2012), New York Jets (2013) and Miami Dolphins (2014).


Khan would take on a massive challenge if he were to get the Texans' GM position. The Texans do not have a first-round pick this year due to trading it away and future Hall of Fame defensive end J.J. Watt apparently wants out of Houston, who doesn't want to be a part of the rebuild after the damage done by former head coach and GM Bill O'Brien. The Texans are also projected to be $8,587,737 over the cap in 2021 if the cap limit for each team is set at $175 million, according to Overthecap.com.


If the Steelers were to lose Khan to Houston, it would be a pretty big blow for the front office, as he's highly regarded by Colbert, Mike Tomlin and Art Rooney II for his talent of maneuvering the cap.




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