The St. Louis Rams have asked for permission from the Steelers to talk to Omar Khan about their general manager's job.
Khan, 35, has been an executive with the Steelers and their chief contract negotiator the past 11 years. He was a finalist for the Seattle Seahawks' general manager's job two years ago and reportedly would be paired as a general manager with Bill Cowher if the former Steelers coach returns to coaching.
Khan worked for the New Orleans Saints before the Steelers hired him in 2001.
It could not be determined if Steelers president Art Rooney has granted the Rams permission to talk to Khan.
Steelers president Art Rooney said last month that the team would try to restructure some players' salaries in order to make room under the salary cap, of which they were estimated to be over by $25 million, and they have started doing that.
Linebackers LaMarr Woodley and Lawrence Timmons became the first two players to restructure contracts, each of which were signed last summer. While new cap numbers for Timmons were unavailable, Woodley reduced his cap number -- without reducing his take-home pay -- from $11.5 million to $4.94 million. The $5.5 million roster bonus due in March was converted to a signing bonus as was $2.7 million of his $3.4 million in salary in 2011.
The Steelers also might try to restructure other contracts, including those of Troy Polamalu and Ben Roethlisberger.
"I think there will be some tough decisions," Rooney said last month about the cap. "There will probably have to be some contracts that get restructured and things like that. No question, there's a lot of work to be done."
The Steelers began what might be a lengthy house-cleaning Wednesday when they released veterans Bryant McFadden and Arnaz Battle.
McFadden, a seven-year veteran, started at cornerback in 2010 and opened the '11 season as a starter, but was injured in the opener and lost his starting job to William Gay.
McFadden played six of his seven years with the Steelers, who drafted him in the second round in '05. He signed as a free agent with Arizona in '09 but returned in a '10 trade.
Battle spent the past two seasons with the Steelers after signing as a free agent. A wide receiver, he played mostly on special teams.
The Steelers also waived two players they had signed to futures contracts -- tight end Miguel Chavis and linebacker Erik Clanton, and they added three more players to their '12 roster, including Rhodes Scholar Myron Rolle, a cornerback who was on Tennessee's practice squad in 2010 and in the Titans training camp last summer. Also signed were receiver Juamorris Stewart, who had spent some time with the Arizona Cardinals, and linebacker Brandon Hicks, who was in Buffalo's training camp last year.
For more on the Steelers, read the blog, Ed Bouchette on the Steelers at www.post-gazette.com/plus . Ed Bouchette: firstname.lastname@example.org and Twitter @EdBouchette. First Published February 9, 2012 5:00 AM