I am very excited to finish what I started in 2002 with the @steelers. Time to get to work!! #SteelerNation #DaBeardNationEntering free agency, Kesiel made twin vows – One that his playing days were not over, and two that he didn’t see himself making the minimum salary.
— Brett Keisel (@bkeisel99) August 19, 2014
- The free agency period started and the Steelers almost immediately lost Ziggy Hood and Al Woods, their numbers 3 and 4 defensive ends.
- Speculation mounted around to Kesiel’s fate.
- Yet, during OTA’s Cameron Heyward moved to left defensive end, and remained their through out training camp.
- In the final analysis, this is a smart football move.
Keisel's Return Creates Numbers Game on the Defensive Line
While no set role has been announced, Mike Tomlin did commit to continuing to rotate his defensive ends.
The safe money says that Kesiel will remain the nominal starter, but quickly yield to the younger players behind him and if that happens, he'll be playing a role similar to the one that Jerome Bettis played in the 2005 season that culminated in Super Bowl XL.
- And one of those younger players just found his claim on a roster spot a lot more complicated.
Prior to the news of Keisel's resigning, veteran journalist Dale Lolley predicted that the Steelers would only keep 6 lineman, and that Williams and Arnfelt would be the odd men out. Now it looks like someone else will join them.