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. is an entertaining sports site. The site specializes in viral sports content. Content includes controversial and original opinions, news stories, off-beat stories, humorous videos, entertaining photos, exclusive interviews, and witty banter between the writers and commenters. Distinct Athlete was launched in May of 2012 and has been featured and/or cited on several prominent sports sites.