Rumors are swirling of the Detroit Lions trying to lure Kevin Colbert away from the Steelers.
The Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2020 season was a giant disappointment. From an 11-0 start to a 12-4 finish, and one-and-done in the postseason, could have some players/personnel looking for a fresh start in 2021.
Of the people many wouldn’t expect would be looking to go elsewhere would be General Manager Kevin Colbert. Colbert, who admitted to taking his future with the Steelers organization year-to-year, has long been thought to retire before looking for employment elsewhere.
However, reports have been swirling of the Detroit Lions trying to lure Colbert away from the Steelers with lucrative offers.
This news came from multiple sites/sources on Wednesday:
REPORT: Detroit Lions are “close” to hiring Steelers GM Kevin Colbert away from Pittsburgh. https://t.co/k2RHyDvlPi
— 93.7 The Fan (@937theFan) January 13, 2021
— Pride of Detroit (@PrideOfDetroit) January 13, 2021
The news came as a shock to many of the Steelers’ global fan base, especially considering how successful Colbert has been in recent years via the NFL Draft. However, money talks and would the Lions be throwing enough money at Colbert to essentially give him a offer he can’t refuse?
According to sources close to the Steelers, the Lions have not received a formal request to negotiate with Colbert, something which has to take place before any type of negotiations begin.
This per Gerry Dulac, of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Source: The Steelers have not received a request for permission from the Detroit Lions to speak to GM Kevin Colbert. They cannot talk to Colbert without the Steelers’ consent.
— Gerry Dulac (@gerrydulac) January 13, 2021
This story will definitely be one to keep an eye on in the coming days/weeks, but there was also other news within the Steelers’ front office. Omar Khan, the team’s salary cap guru, has now been on two separate interviews for General Manager positions, but hasn’t been able to get the job.
His first interview was with the Houston Texans, and reports were he was a finalist for the job before ownership decided to go in a different direction. The latest team to interview Khan was the Carolina Panthers, but he did not make the second round of interviews.
This per Brooke Pryor of ESPN:
Steelers exec Omar Khan not among those in the second round of GM interviews in Carolina https://t.co/ryjuW8qwdH
— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) January 13, 2021
The Steelers front office could be in flux if Colbert and/or Khan are lost in one offseason. Needless to say, this story will be one to keep an eye on, so be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the black and gold as they prepare for the offseason.