Every time a general manager position opens up in the NFL, you can bet the name of Pittsburgh Steelers Director of Football Administration Omar Khan will be linked to it.
Such is the case with the Miami Dolphins’ current vacancy.
The Dolphins have requested to interview for their general manager job, league sources told ESPN NFL reporter Adam Schefter.
Khan, the Steelers’ point man on contract negotiations and a key behind-the-scenes figure in the organization, has twice interviewed for general manager openings, as he was a runner-up last year for the New York Jets job, which went to John Idzik.
The potential loss of Khan would be a blow to the Steelers, but it seems to be something they are prepared for as it seems a given that he will get an opportunity a being a general manager one day.
The team did hire Samir Suleiman last year to assist Khan in contract negotiations and salary cap planning, so that may soften the blow a bit.
In addition to Khan, Tennessee’s Lake Dawson, Cleveland’s Ray Farmer, Arizona’s Jason Licht, the New York Giants’ Marc Ross and the Dolphins’ Brian Gaine are all reportedly in the running for the job vacated when the Dolphins and former general manager Jeff Ireland agreed to part ways Wednesday.
It’s worth noting that none of the potential candidates have served as a GM before, so that could give Khan an edge.