The Pittsburgh Steelers have announced that defensive end Brett Keisel, a three-year starter, has agreed to terms on a new contract.
It’s a five-year deal, effective through 2013. So it’s a four-year extension of his current contract.
Keisel was due to earn a base salary of $3.25 million in 2009, the final year of his deal.
The Steelers do not negotiate contracts once the regular season begins. Thus, barring some late developments, the following players (per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) will become free agents after the 2009 season: nose tackle Casey Hampton, running back Willie Parker, offensive tackle Willie Colon, safety Ryan Clark, center Justin Hartwig, and kicker Jeff Reed.