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Report: Steelers interested in a Brett Keisel return

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Defensive end Brett Keisel has said several times this offseason that he’d like to continue his playing career and it looks like a return to Pittsburgh remains a possibility.

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Steelers “remain interested” in having Keisel back for a 13th season with the club and that he would probably already be back with the team if he weren’t looking for more than the Steelers are offering. Per Bouchette, the Steelers want to pay Keisel a salary of $955,000 with a signing bonus of $65,000 under the minimum salary benefit rule.

Under the terms of such a contract, Keisel would only count $635,000 against the Steelers’ cap. The Steelers gained some more space under their cap on June 1 as a result of linebacker LaMarr Woodley’s release earlier in the offseason.

Keisel started 12 games for the Steelers last year, recording 29 tackles, four sacks and a forced fumble. With rookie Stephon Tuitt joining the defensive end group this year, Keisel, who turns 36 in September, would likely be looking at a reduced workload.

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32 Responses to “Report: Steelers interested in a Brett Keisel return”
  1. avbanig33 says: Jun 3, 2014 3:24 PM

    They need him. Their depth sucks at DE

  2. Nofoolnodrool says: Jun 3, 2014 3:26 PM

    I think they need his leadership for the new guys on the d line, but do they have the luxury of keeping a slower old guy versus cutting a faster new guy? I am in favor of keeping the diesel smoking.

  3. dalcow4 says: Jun 3, 2014 3:28 PM

    It’s between Pittsburgh and Duck Dynasty right now.

  4. blitzman67 says: Jun 3, 2014 3:36 PM

    $955,000 for the 4 games he plays before getting injured.

  5. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 3, 2014 3:40 PM

    Fire up the Diesel. It’s ancient, it’s dirty it’s smoky and loud, but until we find a better alternative…..

  6. jtbsteeler says: Jun 3, 2014 3:52 PM

    James Harrison. Put Kiesel out to pasture.

  7. bobzilla1001 says: Jun 3, 2014 4:01 PM

    If the Steelers have a desire to bring back an aging, injury-prone defensive player, I personally prefer James Harrison over Keisel. Harrison, IMO, has more left in the tank than Keisel; he has fewer seasons as a starter under his belt, and he keeps himself in amazing shape.

  8. fordmandalay says: Jun 3, 2014 4:03 PM

    Just sign him and his beard to two separate contracts. Problem solved!

  9. clashpoint says: Jun 3, 2014 4:13 PM

    In the games Keisel played last year he actually did fairly well for a 3-4 defensive end. For the amount of snaps he’d be likely to stay healthy for, he might be the perfect back up guy at both ends – which might actually keep him healthier. His locker room and leadership values are unquestionable. Most importantly: He wouldn’t cost much against their final salary cap, just the amount of his bonus, which won’t be very much. So why not give him a try?

  10. clashpoint says: Jun 3, 2014 4:16 PM

    I say bring Keisel AND Harrison back, for all the same reasons.
    I’ll draw the line at Holmes, though.

  11. bengalguy says: Jun 3, 2014 4:16 PM

    Might as well every other player on the Defense is old and overrated too.

  12. si1m says: Jun 3, 2014 4:30 PM

    Colbert open to bringing back Greg Lloyd and Merril Hoge as well, quoted as saying “50 really is just a number”

  13. Steeley McBeam says: Jun 3, 2014 4:44 PM

    The only people on the defensive roster — the entire defensive roster — over the age of 28 are Polamalu, Ike Taylor and William Gay. Thats it.

    Old and slow is an old and slow joke these days.

  14. mr4thand1 says: Jun 3, 2014 4:45 PM

    Go Steelers!

  15. corvetteman6 says: Jun 3, 2014 4:47 PM

    It’s a bit sad to say that they can’t go wrong with Kiesel. I mean, he’s a good dude and he did as well as anyone else on that line last year. What’s disconcerting is just that: there is no cavalry coming over the hill to provide them with a pass rush this year, save for Cam Heyward. That means QB’s having all day to throw it over Ike’s head.
    I like what the team did in free agency and will hope some D-line help can come eventually via the draft, but they needed a couple more studs on the line for this year, at the very least.

  16. joemammy says: Jun 3, 2014 5:03 PM

    When the Steelers fans finally realize that their team looks like Sunday afternoon at the nursing home, they will turn to the Browns and Manziel-mania.

    But, alas…the bandwagon is now full.

  17. corvetteman6 says: Jun 3, 2014 5:29 PM

    It’s that time of year when hope springs eternal, even for those who live in the mistake by the lake and are heartened by Fast Jimmy’s Used Car Sales tactics. Yeah, you have the NFL equivalent of the Not Ready For Prime Time Players. Great. Cast-offs, college stars, unproved commodities.
    Ok, I’ll give you 6-10.
    Now run along and play.

  18. loyalraven says: Jun 3, 2014 5:31 PM

    Steelers interested in an old aging vet on the wrong side of 30 with nothing left in the tank?? Go figure…xD

    If it’s not old-n-feeble then it’s not good emough to be a Decrepits’burgh Steeler. Mike Tomlin isn’t putting together a NFL roster, he’s trying to assemble a mid-life crisis support group to help him cope with 4th place this year.

  19. Nofoolnodrool says: Jun 3, 2014 5:41 PM

    Steelers interested in an old aging vet on the wrong side of 30 with nothing left in the tank?? Go figure…xD

    If it’s not old-n-feeble then it’s not good emough to be a Decrepits’burgh Steeler. Mike Tomlin isn’t putting together a NFL roster, he’s trying to assemble a mid-life crisis support group to help him cope with 4th place this year.

    Funny coming from Raven fan after the signing of Steve Smith. I know I know it doesn’t count if the Ravens do it…right? Dallas Clark ring a bell….ssshhh skippy you are embarrassing yourself again.

  20. stillers213 says: Jun 3, 2014 6:20 PM

    It’s simple really. Sign him and bring him into camp. If the younger guys can overtake his roster spot then so be it and release him. However, I think he sticks for one more year. He has been mostly healthy his entire career and playing less snaps the last couple of years will work in his favor.

  21. asteeler4life says: Jun 3, 2014 6:35 PM

    I SAY BRING HIM BACK FOR THE ONE SEASON AND LET THE YOUNGER GUYS LEARN TECHNIQUE AND THE LAWS OF A DICK LEBEAU DEFENSE. HARRISON CAN COME BACK TOO FOR THE SAME REASONS.

    STEELER “D” IN ’14

    “BLITZBURGH” WILL BE BACK

  22. ncphinsfan says: Jun 3, 2014 8:14 PM

    I thought the Steelers were trying to get younger? I like Keisel because he is a character, but this is going to put the average age up again to get them AARP Discounts.

  23. bornahawker says: Jun 3, 2014 8:53 PM

    Old defense, too bad

  24. asteeler4life says: Jun 3, 2014 9:30 PM

    @ncphinsfan

    FACE IT YOU’RE A HATA! IN FACT YOU SHOULD AS A FAN PRESS CHARGES FOR THE THEFT MIKE WALLACE PUT ON THE PHINS . .
    0

  25. badoglick says: Jun 4, 2014 1:08 AM

    You know how you can tell Ravens fans are idiots? They’ve been using a 3 year old quote from freaking Warren Sapp as their basis for mocking the Steelers.

  26. tinytoolalldrool says: Jun 4, 2014 5:28 AM

    Where is the money coming from. They are in cap hell right now.

  27. 1mommicked1 says: Jun 4, 2014 7:35 AM

    unquestionably one of their best players! maybe their most underrated. by all means sign him

  28. walkinginthewasteland says: Jun 4, 2014 9:10 AM

    loyalraven says: Jun 3, 2014 5:31 PM

    Steelers interested in an old aging vet on the wrong side of 30 with nothing left in the tank?? Go figure…xD

    If it’s not old-n-feeble then it’s not good emough to be a Decrepits’burgh Steeler. Mike Tomlin isn’t putting together a NFL roster, he’s trying to assemble a mid-life crisis support group to help him cope with 4th place this year.

    ____________

    So what Raven is getting arrested this week?

  29. fsstnotch says: Jun 4, 2014 10:06 AM

    Its simple, they’re not thinking about bringing him in for his ability on the field. Its his ability to be the leader that makes him worth signing, the mentoring ability he has to offer. Harrison doesn’t offer that strength.

    Sign him

  30. mdsayre says: Jun 4, 2014 12:29 PM

    He’s a fan favorite and would be a nice leader for the young players, but too bad about the cap space. There’s nothing the Steelers can do with only $140k to play with.

  31. steelwatts says: Jun 5, 2014 3:02 AM

    I can’t find it in myself to respond to ravens fans because it is ridiculous enough just trying to figure out why they’re spending time posting on Steelers’ articles.

    But my fellow Steelers fans. #1, stop bashing players that gave us legendary play over a 12 year period. #2, stay more informed about our team. Cap space cleared up 3 days ago as Woodley contract wrapped up. Plenty of room to make a party for Keisel, Finley, and whoever else. You make me question your fandom when your comments are uninformed. Rep your squad. All Steelers fans … Here We Go!

  32. southcarolinamike says: Jun 7, 2014 3:54 PM

    Dear Mr. Keisel, Thank you for your interest in continuing your career with the Steelers. Unfortunately, you are too old and we are a team with too many old guys on it. We wish you well in your future employment and hope you enjoy your Sunday afternoons this coming fall watching games with James Harrison. Best wishes, The Steelers.

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