Teams however are free to talk with or sign their own players, as the Steelers have done with Jason Worilds, Troy Polamalu, Heath Miller, and Will Allen. But there’s one person’s whose phone hasn’t rung:
Defensive end Brett Keisel @bkeisel99 might be at end of @steelers career, writes @arobinson_Trib http://t.co/5rWGrEfA34
— PittsburghTribSports (@TribSports) March 7, 2014
Brett Kesiel has said that he wants to finish his career in Pittsburgh.
But he’s also made clear that he believes he has something to contribute, and that he will play elsewhere if that is what is necessary. While the Steelers have generally tried to make it possible for long-tenured veterans to retire in Pittsburgh, more than a few veterans have played a year or two elsewhere before hanging it up.
- Every era has seen its share of stories.
Steelers to Make Move on DL, But Who, First?
There’s no question that the Steelers are going to make some move on defensive line in free agency. Its not a case of wanting to, its needing to. In addition to Keisel, Al Woods and Ziggy Hood are free agents. Hood is likely gone, according to press reports. That leaves Woods and Keisel.
- Of the two, Woods will likely be the Steelers top priority, simply because he is the younger of the two and because he’s got position flexibility.
- Before they can make a move for Kesiel or Woods, the Steelers need to free more cap space.
The Steelers need to bring Keisel back if they can. But they should move quickly. Keisel isn’t going to be a top free agent target, but there are a lot of teams with a lot of excess salary cap money to spend who might be willing to throw it at an aging yet still productive 3-4 defensive end.