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Steelers’ salary cap ‘guru’ interviewing for Texans GM vacancy

The front office executive has been drawing interest across the NFL

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The Houston Texans have announced that they have conducted an interview with Steelers front office executive, Omar Khan. The news comes with no surprise as Khan is one of the most respected members of the Steelers front office. It was only a matter of time before he drew attention for a general manager job somewhere in the NFL. While it’s still uncertain whether or not he will get the job, expect Khan to be a hot commodity across the league until he does in fact land a general manager gig.

The Houston Texans do have some promising pieces in place. However, the situation in Houston is a grim one as the club finished the NFL season with the third worst record in the league. On top of that, the Texans won't have a first or second round pick in the 2021 draft, and are also above the salary cap heading into the 2021 season. Former Texans head coach/general manager Bill O’Brien left behind quite the mess in Houston, but having a player like DeShaun Watson at quarterback would make the job an enticing one.

Once thought to be a neck-and-neck race between Khan and Brandon Hunt, the Steelers director of pro scouting, to be the successor of current Steelers general manager, Kevin Colbert, it would appear as if Khan were to move on then Hunt would surely be the next person in line to be the general manager of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Losing Omar Khan in the 2021 offseason would be a tough pill to swallow, as the Steelers have plenty of work to do to get salary cap compliant, a specialty of Khan during his time with the Steelers. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the loss of gate revenue that has come with it, it is expected that the 2021 NFL salary cap will remain stagnant, at best. With the Steelers already above the salary cap in 2021 there will be some very difficult decisions to make fairly soon.

This includes Ben Roethlisberger’s 40+ Million dollar salary cap hit in 2021, and how the Steelers will try to shuffle some of that money around to prevent dismantling the core of this roster.

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