According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, people around the league believe Panthers owner David Tepper will try and bring in Steelers GM Kevin Colbert and/or Steelers VP of football and business administration Omar Khan.
While Carolina will retain GM Marty Hurney for his abilities as a college scout, Tepper has expressed interest in hiring an assistant general manager to help out with the pro personnel side as well as a vice president of football operations to serve as a liaison between the business and football sides of the team.
Tepper knows both Colbert and Khan from his time in Pittsburgh as a minority owner and thinks highly of their abilities. He’s stayed in close contact with both as he transitioned to Carolina.
Colbert’s contract is up at the end of the season and his long-term future with the Steelers organization is in some question. He owns a home in Hilton Head, South Carolina, which is only a three-hour drive from the Panthers headquarters.
Colbert, 62, has spent the past 19 seasons as the team’s general manager and led them to a record of 204-110-2 (64.57%), which includes 11 playoff appearances, three trips to the Super Bowl and two championships.