The St. Louis Rams have requested permission to interview Steelers director of administration Omar Khan for their general manager job, sources told the Tribune-Review today.
Khan, the Steelers' salary cap manager and chief negotiator, is considered one of the top young executives in the NFL. A key behind-the-scenes figure with the Steelers, Khan was one of two finalists for the Seattle Seahawks' general manager job two years ago.
Khan, who has been with the Steelers since 2000, also has been linked as a possible general manager to join Bill Cowher if the former Steelers coach comes out of retirement.
Khan, 35, has built a reputation of having superior command of the salary cap, and he did some of his best work in 2011. Despite an abbreviated offseason because of the lockout, Khan signed linebackers LaMarr Woodley and Lawrence Timmons, strong safety Troy Polamalu, cornerback Ike Taylor and offensive tackle Willie Colon to long-term contracts while managing to get the Steelers under the salary cap of 120.375 million.
The Steelers had been close to $15 million over the cap when the lockout ended in late July.
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