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Steelers Expect Kevin Colbert to Return

Steelers GM looks on as the team practices at St. Vincent college. Credit Steelers.com

Steelers Expect Kevin Colbert to Return

Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney II met with a small group of Pittsburgh reporters earlier this week and addressed several issues as the team heads into their off-season.

One of those issues was in regards to general manager Kevin Colbert’s future.

Colbert has been working on a yearly contract basis over the last couple of seasons because he would like to retire at some point. Basically he just wants to be able to walk away without being tied in to a long term contact.

“When I did my last extension, it was with the understanding that when we got to the end of that extension, if I was still employed, that most likely moving forward we would approach it year-to-year. That was a personal request on my part, and I’m very grateful Art (Rooney II) was accommodating to that because that’s just where my family and I are in our lives. We want to make those decisions on a year-to-year from this point forward,” Colbert said in 2019.

“Kevin and I have had some conversations and we’ll have more conversations about it,” Rooney said. “I’ll let you know as soon as we’ve come to some conclusions.”

But Rooney went on to say that he believes that Colbert will return for the 2021 season.

With all of that being said, Mr Rooney then went on to talk about their succession plan if one would need to happen.

“I think we have viable internal candidates, but if Kevin decided not to continue on,” Rooney said. “I think we’d look at opening up the situation and doing a search and deciding if our internal candidates were stronger than candidates who might come in from the outside. I think that it remains to be seen how we’ll approach that, and I feel like Kevin is going to come back, but who knows.”

The Steelers have always been a central part of my life. I grew up listening to WDVE tapes recorded off of the radio of Steelers fight songs, and wearing Steelers jerseys as a fashion statement. I joined the SteelerNation.com message board when I was 12, and this site has been a big part of my life ever since. I’ve found life long friends and met some of the best people on earth through this site. In 2015, I was able to help revive the site and develop a news website and all of our social media platforms. I can’t wait to continue to grow with all of you. Go Steelers!

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