PITTSBURGH — New Steelers general manager Omar Khan confirmed that the club has hired Philadelphia Eagles vice president Andy Weidl and former Detroit Lions vice president Sheldon White to be part of his new front office, while also announcing the promotion of Dan Colbert to a senior position on the scouting staff during his introductory press conference on Friday.
Weidl will reportedly take the role of assistant general manager in the front office, a position that the Steelers did not have under former general manager Kevin Colbert. His scouting background contrasts with the financial and administrative background of Khan.
White, who will reportedly work in player personnel, was the vice president and one-time intern general manager of the Lions. He also played cornerback for the New York Giants, Lions and Cincinnati Bengals in a six-year pro career. His son, Cody White, is a third-year wide receiver for the Steelers.
Colbert, the son of Kevin Colbert, is in his 12th season with the Steelers and 10th as a college and pro scout. A Pittsburgh native, Colbert is a 2007 Mars Area High School graduate and a 2011 Miami University (Ohio) graduate.
Khan added that he expects to be able to rely upon his relationship with Kevin Colbert, who said he hoped to stay on to advise the next general manager. Khan said that Kevin Colbert’s specific role with the team going forward is still being determined.
Khan did not specifically address the future of pro scouting director Brandon Hunt, who was also a candidate for the general manager position. Hunt has had two interviews with other teams in recent months, and could replace Weidl with the Eagles or be hired by the Buffalo Bills, who need an assistant general manager.
It’s not clear if the Steelers will directly replace the role than Khan filled on Colbert’s staff. Cole Marcoux has been the team’s football administration coordinator.