Report: Kevin Colbert plans to leave Steelers after 2022 NFL draft

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Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert is in his final months with the team.

Colbert’s contract runs through the 2022 NFL draft, and he plans to retire sooner after the draft, according to NFL Media.

The Steelers were already in for significant changes this offseason with Ben Roethlisberger expected to retire. It remains to be seen who will succeed Roethlisberger as the Steelers’ franchise quarterback, but if Colbert is planning to leave, the Rooney family may not put that decision in Colbert’s hands.

Potential in-house potential candidates to replace Colbert are VP of football and business administration Omar Khan and pro scouting coordinator Brandon Hunt.

Colbert has been with the Steelers since 2000, first as director of football operations before he was promoted to general manager.

21 responses to “Report: Kevin Colbert plans to leave Steelers after 2022 NFL draft

  1. A lot to be proud of in that career.

    Two superbowl wins. Three AFC championships.

    If TJ Watt sustains his pace, five gold jacket players. Maybe more (ward, Harrison, Najee).

    A good career. Maybe a yellow jacket career.

  2. Colbert has made some great 1st round selections including Polamalu, San Holmes, and Ben, as well as finding late round and free agent gems like James Harrison and pre-trainwreck Antonio Brown. But his drafting in the last 7 yrs has been more scatter shot, as no players remain from the 2015 &’16 drafts. Perhaps is time to step down.

  3. Nice run. Not the worst idea to hand it off to someone who will be around in future years.

    Respect that he went year to year on his contracts. Bet on himself and it worked for over twenty years.

  4. Wonder if it a ‘year off’ retirement and we’ll see him GM another team next year? Steelers have always had decent drafts.

  5. Hunt figures to be a GM for *somebody* next year.

    So Big Ben and Colbert leaving at the same time? It makes you wonder about Tomlin.

    Notably, Mike Tomlin has coached the Steelers since he was 34…15 seasons, appearing in 2 Super Bowls and winning 1. He is now 49 years old. Bill Cowher coached the Steelers started when he was 34…for 15 seasons, appearing in 2 Super Bowls and winning 1. He resigned when he was 49 years old.

    Kellen Moore will be 34 next season.. Shane Bowen will be 35. Just sayin’.

  6. Kevin was a solid GM. He’ll have his detractors on here, but the organizational continuity at GM is as much responsible for Pittsburgh’s recent history of success as is the continuity at coach. Next man up — Omar would be a fine choice.

  7. It seems odd that ownership would allow a GM to retire AFTER a draft instead of giving their new GM a shot to draft his own players

  8. When you add it all up, there aren’t too many GMs in the history of the league who had better runs. Maybe a handful.

    I imagine the people in Detroit have been kicking themselves the past 20 years for letting their Director of Scouting go to the Steelers.

  9. Since the mantle of ownership has also recently been passed, this will truly lead to a new era in Pittsburgh. It appears that ownership has generally held the HC and GM as co-equals under ownership. There has been a carousel of coordinators. Only one remains? Are the Raiders calling? They should.

  10. The Steelers are run by the Rooney family, and they understand the way the NFL works. Every coach stays for a long time and wins at least one super bowl, and then goes to the HOF. The NFL is a players’ league. It’s not really about coaches. It’s more importantly a QB league and the Rooney family runs their organization the right way. That’s why they always have a good team. They let their personnel people do the personnel work, and they let their coaches do the coaching work. As insane as it sounds, lots of teams allow their coaches to have way too much input in personnel, and that’s why teams are up and down a lot. When they get a new coach, the new coach comes in and tears apart the roster. Would you let your scouts call plays on Super Bowl Sunday? Of course not. But you’d let your coaches draft players that your scouts don’t like. Not the Steelers. The Rooney’s are the best owners. They’ll hire the right person. Don’t be surprised if this is Mike Tomlin’s final season in Pittsburgh, too.

  11. When your rookie 1st round RB underwhelms and you STILL say he’s going to Canton, you might be a Steeler fan.

  12. Colbert did a fine job for many years in Pittsburgh, and will be missed. My only worry is that all the coaches and office personnel they replace, are with internal unqualified promotion (saving a buck). Look at Canada and Butler so far. Also look at the failed attempt to replace Mike Munchec and the O line has stunk ever since. I know Pitt is proud that they promote within, how about trying something new this time and pay for some experience!

  13. lol

    No, he’s being fired like Ozzie Newsome was. When you build .500 teams every year, this is what should happen, especially when your owner controls the league.

  14. Good idea to leave out the door with Ben. Good luck trying to draft a QB to replace him. Tomlin would be smart to leave too.

  15. partmachine says:
    When your rookie 1st round RB underwhelms and you STILL say he’s going to Canton, you might be a Steeler fan.
    ————————–
    The Offensive Line with two rookies ‘underwhelmed’–the running back did just fine
    –in the top of the league in yards after contact
    –70 plus catches
    –blocks
    –leading the league in touches and has yet to put one on the ground

  16. touchback6 says:
    No, he’s being fired like Ozzie Newsome was. When you build .500 teams every year, this is what should happen, especially when your owner controls the league.

    How can the team you are GM of be .500 every year when your record is:
    225-124-3

  17. Overall an above average talent evaluator with a weird blind spot when it came to cornerbacks. He had more hits than misses with his #1 picks which isn’t a slam dunk when you’re usually drafting at the back end of the round.

  18. Tomlin won’t be following Colbert out the door. He just signed a three year extension at the beginning of the season. Keeping the old GM through the draft makes sense when he has been around for all the evaluations and research that has gone on through the past year. The Steelers build a team for Steeler football, not what the GM wants. There is a team consisting of owner, coach, and GM who debate the direction of the team with the owner holding final say. The new GM is going to know that very clearly and promoting from within pretty much assures that.

  19. Colbert did a solid job over the years with very little drama. He also stayed very much behind the scenes and didn’t get into power struggles. If there were any, they stayed behind closed doors which says a lot.

  20. touchback6 says:

    The Ravens and Steelers QB situations are hilairously bad.

    Mac Jones got outdueled by Carson Wentz

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