The Steelers can’t possibly keep all their old defensive standard-bearers around.
So while defensive end Brett Keisel is hoping for a return, he’s not banking on it.
Keisel’s agent told Alan Robinson of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that he’s heard nothing from the Steelers, so Keisel is preparing to play elsewhere next year.
“He’s productive, healthy and has every intention to continue to play football,” agent Eric Metz said.
Keisel’s 35, but he’s still playing at an effective level when he’s well. He missed four games late in the year with foot problems, but came back to finish the season and should be ready to go for his next employer, if it’s not the Steelers.
“Hopefully, he can finish his career a Steeler as he’s always desired,” Metz said.
This could also be a case of the Steelers slow-playing veterans to see if they can get a better offer elsewhere, so the lack of contact might not necessarily mean there’s no chance.