The Steelers’ general manager search for Kevin Colbert is taking a long time to carry out. However, with a process set that will not need to be decided until after the draft, the Steelers have taken their time and interviewed a number of GM candidates. On Saturday, they added three more to that count, as the team interviewed Joe Hortiz, Ran Carthon, and Andy Weidl, the club announced.
Hortiz is the director of player personnel under Eric Decosta in Baltimore. He was previously interviewed for the New York Giants general manager opening this year. In his 24 seasons with the Ravens, Hortiz has amassed plenty of experience both under Decosta and Ozzie Newsome. Hortiz oversees both college and pro scouting for the Ravens, both of which have been stellar under his watch.
Carthon is the director of personnel with the San Francisco 49ers. 2021 was his first season the capacity after spending the last five seasons as the director of pro personnel in San Francisco. In his current role, he heavily scouts free agency, future opponents, trades, and the waiver wire. Previously, Carthon was with the Los Angeles Rams and Atlanta Falcons. He played in the NFL for three seasons as a running back for the Indianapolis Colts from 2004 to 2006.
Weidl is a Pittsburgh native who hails from Mount Lebanon. He is currently the vice president of player personnel with the Philadelphia Eagles under Howie Roseman. Weidl started his career out in 1998 as a player personnel assistant with the Steelers. He was under the specific 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.
After interviewing Omar Khan and Brandon Hunt internally, the Steelers have gone on to interview a bevy of external candidates. Hortiz, Carthon, and Weidl join other candidates to bring the Steelers’ interview list up to 13 possible candidates.
Outgoing general manager Kevin Colbert and president Art Rooney II are conducting the first round of interviews, which is expected to run through early March. A second round of interviews is expected to take place after the 2022 NFL Draft.