Steelers rumors: GM Kevin Colbert could be traded to the Lions

Kevin Colbert the Pittsburgh Steelers (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
Kevin Colbert the Pittsburgh Steelers (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** /

General manager Kevin Colbert has been with the Steelers for the past two decades, but here’s why he could be traded to the Detriot Lions.

If there was one front office member we would have assumed would be retiring with the Pittsburgh Steelers, it was general manager Kevin Colbert. Since joining the team in 2000, Colbert has been largely responsible for assembling the roster that recorded two Super Bowl wins and three total appearances while drafting Hall of Fame players like Troy Polamalu and Ben Roethlisberger.

But despite all of his success with the team, there have been some rumors surfacing that the long-time general manager for the Steelers could be traded to the Detroit Lions. This was first reported by Mike Stone of 97.1 The Ticket and has now been discussed by multiple Pittsburgh media outlets.

Does trading Kevin Colbert make sense for Steelers?

It’s important to note that we are unsure how much truth there is to this rumor at this time, but this is hardly the first time we have heard that the Lions are interested in acquiring the Steelers well-established GM. This time, it seems like there’s a chance that it could happen. But should Pittsburgh be willing to part with him?

If you recall, Colbert has been contemplating hanging up his hat each of the past few offseasons and has repeatedly taken one-year deals from the Steelers. It looked as if there was a good chance that he could decide to retire after the 2021 season. Now, trade talks are quickly circling.

Could Steelers deal Kevin Colbert for Matthew Stafford?

This one seems a little far-fetched, but it’s something that is possible if Ben Roethlisberger decides to retire. Right now, Ben is costing the team $41.25 million against the cap in 2021, but if the Steelers know of his plans to retire, trading for quarterback Matthew Stafford would not be as difficult as it seems.

It’s not hard to see why Detriot would have interest in Kevin Colbert, and they may be in the market for a quarterback in the 2020 NFL Draft. Stafford has been rumored to want a fresh start, so giving him one on a team that has a solid roster and a good defense seems like it could make sense for both parties involved.

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If there is truth to these rumors and Colbert does get traded, it’s hard to take a stab at what it might be for. Either way, his time in Pittsburgh seems to be coming to an end sooner rather than later, and the Steelers could soon be on the verge of a total rebuild.