Buy or sell: Steelers at risk of losing Brandon Hunt by next year

With the league’s new year 2022 there will be plenty of questions for quite a while, even as the Pittsburgh Steelers spend money and cap space and use draft picks in an effort to find answers. We don’t know yet who will be the quarterback, although we have a good idea. How will the offensive line be formulated? How will the secondary develop amid changes, including within the coaching staff? What does Teryl Austin bring to the table – and Brian Flores? What will Matt Canada’s offense look like without Ben Roethlisberger?

It is these types of uncertainties that I will seek to address in our Buy or Sell series. In each episode I will introduce a topic statement and weigh some of the arguments to buy it (meaning you agree with it or expect it to be true) or sell it (this which means you disagree with it or expect it to be wrong).

Subject statement: The Steelers will lose director of professional player personnel Brandon Hunt to an outside promotion this offseason or next.

Explanation: Hunt has taken several interviews this offseason, more than typical, which could be an indication that he does not expect to get the Steelers general manager job – and thus signaling to him that it is time to move on thing, since Kevin Colbert’s successor is probably going to be around for a while.

To buy:

Read the tea leaves. If Hunt was going to get the job, or at least if there was a strong possibility, he knew it now. The fact that he continues to take interviews is a pretty strong indication that he knows he won’t be Kevin Colbert’s successor.

And professionally speaking, that means it’s time to move on, plain and simple. There’s no way for him to move up if he doesn’t get the GM job, not in Pittsburgh. They don’t have an assistant general manager and Colbert has been here for over two decades. The fact that he’s likely to retain some type of role makes it far less likely that they’ll just create a role for Hunt just to try to appease him into staying.

To sell:

Hunt is taking more job interviews probably because he gets more interview requests, and especially during the time of year when teams can’t stop other teams from interviewing their staff for jobs. . He is more in demand than ever, as a finalist for the Steelers general manager job.

While that increases the likelihood that he’ll leave within a year or two, it doesn’t mean he will. For starters, he could still easily be the next GM. They had him follow Colbert on the Pro Day circuit this year, even though his specialization is pro talent, not college talent. It was like a month of GM in training. It’s a bigger indication of what the team thinks than the fact that he’s taking interviews.

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