Steelers may not be compelled to grant permission for Rams to interview Omar Khan unless St. Louis plans to give him full control over roster.
Add at least one more name to potential candidates for the St. Louis Rams' vacant general manager position: current Pittsburgh Steelers contract negotiator Omar Khan (via Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). The 35-year-old is considered one of the top salary-cap experts in the NFL and there are rumors that he's being groomed to work hand-in-hand with Bill Cowher, if he were to come out of retirement to work in the Steelers front office.
Currently, it's unclear whether or not the Steelers have granted the Rams permission to talk to Khan. Rams blog Turf Show Times suggests the only way the Steelers would be compelled to allow him interview would be if it was under the auspice Khan would be granted final say on roster decisions. Turf Show Times also pointed out that the Rams may not be inclined to turn over such broad powers:
COO Kevin Demoff has handled the cap and negotiations for the Rams, and has done quite well. Though cap space is tight this year, the team is looking at $30 million plus in cap space next year. Demoff also helped rearrange tight cap space in 2011 so the team could bring in a bevvy of free agent veterans.
For more on Khan's future from a Steelers perspective, be sure to check out Behind the Steel Curtain.