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Keisel knows the end may be coming

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Somehow, the Steelers still have a chance to make it to the postseason.  Regardless of when their season ends, one of the team’s most popular players knows it could also be the end of the line for his career in Pittsburgh.

I feel like I can still play,” defensive end Brett Keisel said Wednesday, per Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.  “We will see what happens.  I try not to think about it too much because I am still here and still part of the team and still fighting with these guys.  When the time comes, I will sit down with my family and decide what is best.”

Keisel’s contract expires in March, and he’ll be 36 in September.  If he returns, he’ll likely make far less than the $2.825 million he earned in 2013.

“I know it’s a business,” Keisel said of the business he has navigated for 12 seasons in Pittsburgh, despite arriving as the team’s second seventh-round pick that year.  He clearly hopes to stay for a 13th.

“I bleed black and gold,” Keisel said.  “Everybody knows that.  I am a Yinzer, and I love this city and plan on raising my family here.”

Still, the Steelers haven’t been bashful about moving on from a player when the time has come to do so.  If the team wants to be in better position than the least likely member of a four-team Week 17 sixth-seed scrum, they need to make some changes on both sides of the ball.

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4 Responses to “Keisel knows the end may be coming”
  1. floratiotime says: Dec 26, 2013 10:28 AM

    He knows it’s a business … but he doesn’t seem to know that he can’t play at an NFL level any more. Funny how that always seems to be the case.

  2. kev86 says: Dec 26, 2013 10:31 AM

    Stay in Pittsburgh.

  3. blackngold4life says: Dec 26, 2013 9:32 PM

    Take the vet minimum and leave pride at the door

  4. steel2372 says: Dec 27, 2013 7:08 AM

    Thank you for the hard work and great play ! Steelers nation will miss you! We will miss you Diesel!!

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