Report: Steelers GM Kevin Colbert to be targeted by the Panthers

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The Carolina Panthers made the surprising move to fire longtime head coach Ron Rivera after almost nine seasons in that role.

Despite being in the midst of a four-game losing streak, no one could have predicted Carolina firing Rivera in the middle of the season.

It now looks like this could be part of a broader shake up for owner David Tepper and the Panthers.

According to MMQB’s Albert Breer, Carolina could target Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert for a top front office position in the offseason.

With the Steelers since 2000, Colbert’s contract will come to an end following the 2019 season. He has a built-in relationship with Tepper dating back to the new Panthers owner having a minority stake in the Steelers’ organization from 2009-18.

If this were to come to fruition, the Panthers would be adding one of the most respected personnel figures in the NFL. It’s certainly something to keep an eye on.