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Omar Khan out as candidate for Dolphins general manager job

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The Steelers' chief contract negotiator and capologist has plenty of opportunity to show his worth this offseason with the likely extension negotiations with Ben Roethlisberger and a tricky salary cap to manage.

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Miami Herald Dolphins beat writer Armando Salguero wrote Thursday Steelers director of football administration Omar Khan is no longer a candidate to become the Dolphins' general manager. It appears that job is Browns assistant general manager Ray Farmer's to win or lose, based on a report from the Herald's Adam H. Beasley.

Khan's stay with the Steelers appears to be heading into its 13th season. While he's had nibbles at general manager jobs in the past - most recently the Dolphins and last year with the New York Jets - it appears he'll continue to wait for any promotion.

Much of that promotion might depend on how the Steelers' 2014 season goes. Many have spelled doom surrounding the Steelers' salary cap, but many contracts appear to have been written in such a way where the team would face a departure of several players this season. Those decisions would easily free up a huge amount of cap space, and adding in a few key free agents (or the retention of a few current free agents), the Steelers' roster actually might be in pretty decent shape.

The biggest hurdle for Khan to clear is the successful negotiation of a workable extension for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. It's tough to see the ability to negotiate a friendly contract with a veteran quarterback as anything less than a main piece of experience for any general manager candidate, and if Kahn can put his stamp on an impressive career as the team's chief negotiator with a contract that both Roethlisberger and the team are happy with, it seems likely his stock will rise.

There's no guarantee Roethlisberger will get an extension, but with a cap number for 2014 over $18 million, and just two years left on that deal, odds seem outstanding conversations will be had around that topic.