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Steelers close to locking up Keisel

The Pittsburgh Steelers have an aging defensive line, with each starter on the wrong side of 30.

But, unlike other teams that shy away from players who have commenced their fourth decades of life, the Steelers are close to locking up one of trio who makes up the “3″ in their 3-4 defense.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Steelers are close to working out a five-year contract with right defensive end Brett Keisel.

The seventh-round pick in the 2002 draft became a starter in 2006.  Injuries limited him to ten starts during the 2008 regular season, but Keisel started every postseason game, including Super Bowl XLIII.

The Steelers typically do not negotiate contracts once the regular-season starts.  Keisel currently is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in March 2010.

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4 Responses to “Steelers close to locking up Keisel”
  1. Steeler4life says: Aug 31, 2009 11:19 AM

    Preparing for the 3 peat.

  2. DonTerrelli says: Aug 31, 2009 11:20 AM

    Good stuff. Now they need to lock up Willie Parker.

  3. Stillerz says: Aug 31, 2009 11:34 AM

    I have a feeling that this contract will favor the Steelers. Im glad to get Keisel signed, hes a great DE and this gives the Steelers depth on the DL. I dont believe Keisel would be as effective anywhere else, he loves playing for the Steelers and is best friends with Big Ben. I dont think this will break the bank for the Steelers and thats why this deal is getting done before Ryan Clark who’s play has exceeded his paycheck.
    BTW Florio, hes 30, but you make him sound like hes 39. Hes on the “wrong side of 30″ by about 4 months

  4. steeltownpride says: Aug 31, 2009 3:53 PM

    I think Ryan Clark is the next Steeler that needs to get signed over Willie parker .
    Having Ryan allows Troy to be Troy . With mendenhall , Moore and others loosing parker isnt as bad as loosing Clark .

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