NFL notebook: Steelers exec Kahn interviews for Dolphins GM job
Omar Khan, the Steelers' chief contract negotiator, was one of three candidates to interview Friday to become the Dolphins' general manager, according to the team.
Khan, the Steelers' director of football and business administration, has interviewed for multiple GM jobs in the past, including with the Jets last year.
Khan, who has worked in the NFL for 16 years, joined Dolphins assistant GM Brian Gaine and Cardinals vice president of player personnel Jason Licht in being interviewed. Former general manager Jeff Ireland left the team at the end of the season.
Team owner Stephen Ross said the new general manager will have autonomy in deciding the 53-man roster.
Also, former Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and Eagles quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor interviewed for the job of offensive coordinator with the Dolphins.
Steelers ink 2 WR, DB
The Steelers signed wide receiver Jasper Collins and safety Jordan Dangerfield to reserve/future contracts, giving them 21 players signed to such deals since the season ended.
Collins (5-foot-10, 190 pounds) spent time with the Dolphins last year as an undrafted rookie free agent from Mount Union.
Dangerfield (5-11, 199) played at Towson before signing with the Bills last year as an undrafted rookie. He was cut by at the end of training camp.
Reserve/future contracts can be offered only to players who weren't on an NFL team's roster when the regular season ended.
S.D.'s Hardwick cleared
Center Nick Hardwick was cleared to work out five days after suffering a concussion and was a limited participant as the Chargers practiced for the final time for their divisional-round playoff game at Denver.
“This isn't my first rodeo,” he said. “We'll see how we go. No guarantees.”
Running back Ryan Mathews (ankle) didn't practice all week and also was listed as questionable. He left Sunday's victory in the third quarter and didn't return.
Raiders keep OL coach
The Raiders re-signed offensive line coach Tony Sparano to a two-year contract.
Sparano helped oversee a dramatic improvement on Oakland's line, which includes Penn State and Central Catholic product Stefen Wisniewski and Thomas Jefferson and Pitt product Lucas Nix, in his first season with the Raiders despite numerous injuries to the unit. The Raiders increased their yards per carry from 3.8 to 4.6 this season, which ranked sixth in the NFL.
OT Brown makes Pro Bowl
Texans tackle Duane Brown was added the Pro Bowl roster.
The NFL announced the Texans' sixth-year veteran offensive lineman will replace Eagles tackle Jason Peters in the Jan. 26 game in Honolulu.
Brown joins wide receiver Andre Johnson and defensive end J.J. Watt in representing the Texans. It's the sixth year in a row Houston has placed at least three players in the Pro Bowl. The team rosters will be determined through a draft Jan. 22 by alumni captains Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders.
The NFL didn't give a reason for Peters dropping out.
Around the league
Colts receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey (hamstring) and Patriots receiver Aaron Dobson (foot) will not play Saturday night in the Indianapolis-New England playoff game. … A jury was seated for the trial of former Cowboys player Josh Brent, who's accused of killing a practice squad player in a drunken-driving wreck. Opening statements in the case are scheduled for Monday. ... The Bills re-signed two-time Pro Bowl punter Brian Moorman to a one-year contract extension that locks him up through next season. ... The Buccaneers hired Gill Byrd as their cornerbacks coach. A two-time Pro Bowl selection during 10 seasons as a player with the Chargers, Byrd joins the staff being assembled by new Bucs coach Lovie Smith.
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