Oct 11, 2021; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; ESPN football analyst Louis Riddick walks the field at M&T Bank Stadium before the game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Indianapolis Colts. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Steelers will interview Louis Riddick for their general manager position.

That’s according to Ian Rapoport:

As Rapoport noted, Riddick has ties to the city, although there’s a long list of possible candidates to take over the position:

In addition to his playing career at Pitt, Riddick has further ties to Pennsylvania; he’s a native of the state, and his last front office role was as director of pro personnel for the Eagles. Riddick hasn’t worked in an NFL front office since 2013, but his work in broadcasting (especially time spent in the Monday Night Football booth) has obviously kept him in league circles and connected to the game. It helps that Riddick always does good work in media, too, coming across as an analyst very much ready to step back into the competitive side of the sport again.

It’s hard to say whether Riddick is a serious candidate here; that list of possible options is a long one, and filled with some of the top executive prospects in the sport. But if Riddick were to land the Steelers position, it would obviously mean another shakeup for ESPN’s MNF booth, which is probably the last thing the network really wants right now.

One other fun bit of business from this: it was Ian Rapoport that broke this news, not anyone at ESPN. Reading into that too much is probably foolish, as there could be any number of explanations. It’s at least an example of how not all the synergy streams get crossed at ESPN, though, which is perhaps illustrative on its own.

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