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Steelers hire another salary cap guy


Mark Kaboly  |  Tribune-Review


After being in the running for general manger jobs in Seattle, St. Louis and N.Y. Jets over the past few years, Steelers’ salary cap guru Omar Khan seems destined to move on to another organization.


The Steelers are aware Khan might not be around much longer or maybe they just need more help keeping the organization salary cap-friendly.


Whatever the reason, the Steelers may have found their guy-in-waiting, as they have hired former St. Louis Rams director of football operations Samir Suleiman to its newly created football administrator coordinator position.


Suleiman spent nine years with the Rams assisting president of football operations/general manager Jay Zygmunt in overseeing all aspects of football operations, including salary and player contract negotiations from 2000-09.


Suleiman left the Rams in early 2009 when there was a shakeup in the front office after the firing of coach Steve Spagnuolo. Prior to joining the Rams, Suleiman performed similar duties as manager of contract information for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Suleiman also worked for the NFL management council, for which he monitored the league-wide salary cap and analyzed player contracts.


Suleiman graduated from James Madison University in 1997 with a degree in sports management. He also played wide receiver on the football team.


Suleiman was reportedly in the running for the Green Bay’s chief negotiator job in 2008 and the vice president of football operations in Cleveland in 2009.


According to his Linkedin profile, Suleiman was a consultant for the Steelers from July 2011 to August 2012.




Author: Mark Kaboly

Mark Kaboly is the Pittburgh Steelers beat writer for the Tribune-Review. Mark has covered more than 300 NFL football games in all 32 NFL cities as well as four Super Bowls -- XL in Detroit, XLIII in Tampa, XLV in Dallas and 50 in San Francisco. A Belle Vernon Area graduate, Mark earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a specialization in journalism from California University of Pennsylvania. Mark lives in Port Vue with his wife, Jennifer; daughter Briella; and boys Rocco and Bugsley Pug

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