The Pittsburgh Steelers will start their second round of interviews with two names according to Mike Garafolo of NFLNetwork. Tennessee Titans’ Ryan Cowden, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ John Spytek are at the top of the list for this round.
The #Steelers will have a second round of interviews for their vacant GM job. Among those who have been scheduled are the #Titans’ Ryan Cowden and the #Buccaneers’ John Spytek, sources tell me, @RapSheet and today’s @gmfb cohost @TomPelissero. Others will interview, too.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) May 5, 2022
Spytek was elevated from director to Vice President of Player Personnel in 2021. He’s spent the past 6 seasons with Tampa Bay. Before his time in Tampa, Spytek worked for the Denver Broncos, Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles and Detroit Lions in scouting and operations. He has been in the NFL for 18 seasons total. Spytek graduated from Michigan University.
Cowden is in his sixth season with the Titans is currently their Vice President of Player Personnel. He has a long background in scouting spending 16 seasons with Carolina as a scout before joining the Titans in 2016. He’s a well-rounded candidate, for sure, overseeing all areas of the scouting department, both college and pro, including advance scouting, free agency preparation, and evaluation of players in the NFL. Cowden is also involved in preparation for the NFL Draft in Tennessee.
Cowden played football at Wofford University in Virginia and graduated with a degree in finance. He previously had an interview with the Giants this off-season for their general manager position.
The Steelers interviewed 16 candidates during their initial round of interviews. One of the most popular candidates amongst fans is former Philadelphia Eagles director of personnel, Louis Riddick. Riddick spoke recently about still hoping that the Steelers would select him. He should be also on the short list for a second interview.