Pittsburgh Steelers assistant general manager Andy Weidl is a name to watch as a future NFL general manager, according to a list published on Friday by Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated.
Weidl is in his first year as the Steelers’ assistant general manager, after joining the team from the Philadelphia Eagles this offseason. With new Steelers general manager Omar Khan not holding a scouting background, it’s expected that Weidl will play a key role in talent acquisition in the new Steelers front office.
Weidl is a Mount Lebanon native and got his start with the Steelers in 1998 as a player personnel assistant under the tutelage of Tom Donahue and Bill Nunn. Since then, he has made stops with the New Orleans Saints and Baltimore Ravens before moving to the Eagles in 2016. Weidl helped construct Super Bowl winners with the Eagles in 2017 and the Ravens in 2012.
That experience, and the Eagles taking off to become one of the best teams in the NFL this season, has made Weidl an attractive option as potential GM, according to Breer.
“Weidl came up in Baltimore with Douglas and was very popular and respected in the Ravens organization,” Breer wrote. “When Douglas left Philly in 2019, Weidl assumed the top role in scouting, and landed in Pittsburgh as Omar Khan’s top scout after some reshuffling with both teams. Weidl’s an old-school type, whose experience with the Ravens and Eagles gave him a very forward-thinking outlook.”
Of course, Weidl has long ties to Pittsburgh, but there are only 32 NFL GM jobs, and if he’s offered one, it would be hard to turn down.