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Report: Brett Keisel declines invite to visit Arizona

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It looks like Brett Keisel won’t be part of the Cardinals’ plans to replace Darnell Dockett on the defensive line this season.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reported earlier on Tuesday that the veteran defensive end was scheduled to meet with the Cardinals in the wake of Dockett’s torn ACL. Somers is now reporting that Keisel declined the invitation to visit with the team by saying that he didn’t want to leave his family to play in Arizona this season.

Keisel said early this offseason that he’d like to return to the Steelers, but said he was open to playing for other teams as well. The Steelers have not ruled out a return, but there’s been no recent sign that a reunion is in the cards for the 12-year veteran with the only team he’s ever played for in the NFL.

With Keisel out of the picture, the Cardinals will have to look elsewhere for help filling the void left by Dockett. Whoever they tab for that role will have a hard time providing the same kind of production on a defense that’s now lost three of its top contributors from last season.

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23 Responses to “Report: Brett Keisel declines invite to visit Arizona”
  1. bassplucker says: Aug 19, 2014 5:21 PM

    Bad blood from Arians’ Pittsburgh days, maybe?

  2. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 19, 2014 5:22 PM

    Brett has enough food and ammunition to last a couple of years. Why should he come out?

  3. kingshockeyclub says: Aug 19, 2014 5:22 PM

    N. Suh is available….

  4. aceakking says: Aug 19, 2014 5:24 PM

    Brett Keisel doesn’t like the Cardinals because they don’t have Bill Leavy.

  5. steelers4385 says: Aug 19, 2014 5:25 PM

    Theres no other team in the NFL that takes another teams scraps like the cardinals do from the steelers. No joke.

  6. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 19, 2014 5:27 PM

    He will be starting the Diesel Dynasty.

  7. We, the Steelers, support the immediate relocation of the Bills, Raiders, Vikings, Jaguars, Buccaneers, Rams, Ravens, Chargers, Colts, and Cardinals. Their current cities are an embarrassment to the NFL and the game Pittsburgh invented. #6 says: Aug 19, 2014 5:54 PM

    Standards. Steelers have them.

  8. aceakking says: Aug 19, 2014 6:00 PM

    SB40. Bill Leavy won it.

  9. Smash-Mouth.com says: Aug 19, 2014 6:04 PM

    This is an interesting move on Keisel’s part especially considering he previously said he would be open to playing for other teams.

    Given how camp went, I thought the chances of him returning to Pittsburgh were pretty slim, but this makes me wonder if perhaps the Steelers told him a return is now more likely? Just speculating, of course.

  10. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Aug 19, 2014 6:10 PM

    The thought of all that brown stucco and Spanish tile roofs, strip malls, blondes with botox and peroxide was just too much for him maybe

  11. jmblosser82 says: Aug 19, 2014 6:11 PM

    aceakking, sb40 the Steelers won it, deal with it. They called the game the same way the whole time. Bad calls/no calls for both teams.

  12. stillers213 says: Aug 19, 2014 6:11 PM

    I can envision him as part of the Steeler’s coaching staff at some point.

  13. jmblosser82 says: Aug 19, 2014 6:15 PM

    Smash-Mouth.com, he said he was open to playing on another team, not any team. Unless someone gets injured I don’t see him back in the Burgh, even tho I would like to see him in a backup role.

  14. aceakking says: Aug 19, 2014 6:23 PM

    Notice the “losser” in jmblosser82.

  15. realfootballfan says: Aug 19, 2014 6:25 PM

    When it rains, it pours in the Cardinals case.

  16. realitycheckbaby says: Aug 19, 2014 6:26 PM

    The old get older.

  17. steelcurtainn says: Aug 19, 2014 6:38 PM

    The Diesel, Once a Steeler, always a Steeler. There not all going Pittsburgh West. Its an EXTRA privilege to play for the Steelers not just another ordinary team. The Steelers are a football family. Teams should take notes.

  18. jmblosser82 says: Aug 19, 2014 6:40 PM

    aceakking, oh burn you got me. I am so hurt. Time to crawl into a hole and die.

  19. kingfish2013 says: Aug 19, 2014 6:51 PM

    the Browns have too many d-line players as it is. Start offering some draft picks

  20. Steeler's Didn't-but-Will-eventually says: Aug 19, 2014 6:53 PM

    What’s a “losser”?

  21. besploge says: Aug 19, 2014 7:15 PM

    Aceakking seems to have forgotten already that his team won a legit SB title this past year. They lost SB XL because they let Willie Parker run wild on them and they let Randle El throw a TD pass. Easier to blame the officiating though, rather than a pedestrian defense on a marginally talented NFC representative that year.

  22. besploge says: Aug 19, 2014 7:17 PM

    Why not bask in the glory of this year rather than continuing the whining tradition of the past decade of the Seahawks started by Holmgren?

  23. truths4all says: Aug 24, 2014 12:43 PM

    Amazing how low the Steelers have fallen and so far, the new draft picks, the free agents, and the old, aging players on the roster do not generate any hope that the Steelers will avoid another failed season, especially by the defense.

    The Steel Curtain has given way to the Revolving Blinds. Why, there is a serious possibility the bottom dwelling Browns may beat the Steelers this year along with every one else.

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