It is looking more like the end for an era than just one in Pittsburgh.
Sources say that Kevin Colbert, who has managed personnel for the Steelers since 2000 and won two Super Bowls, is planning to retire as general manager in 2021.
Sources say that Colbert has indicated to people that he will continue his job until the 2022 NFL Draft. However, Colbert acknowledged that this is likely to be his last season. Sources say that he will retire soon after the draft.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has admitted that Sunday will likely mark his last regular-season match. This means that the Steelers are expected to see significant turnover at key positions, which is something they have not seen in many decades. The Steelers have been a shining example of stability and success. Roethlisberger and Colbert, as well as coach Mike Tomlin (who has never had a losing season), make up the trio.
Pittsburgh will now reload, with a new QB as well as a new GM. Two potential key candidates are Omar Khan, VP of football and Business Administration, and Brandon Hunt, pro scouting chief.
Colbert has been to three Super Bowls, won two Super Bowls, and compiles a record of 265-124-3. In an interview with NFL.com before the season, Colbert spoke out about his future. He said he would talk to those closest to him and consider all options.
After Ozzie Newsome left as the Baltimore Ravens’ GM in 2019, and was replaced by Eric DeCosta in 2019, he continued to serve in an advisory capacity. Similar to Ozzie Newsome, Colbert could also remain in Pittsburgh for the short-term.