Pittsburgh Steelers veteran defensive end Brett Keisel has made it plenty clear that he’s not ready to call it career ever since the 2013 season and with him now scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, he’s resigned to the fact that his playing days in the Steel City might very well be over.
Keisel was asked in an interview last week with CBS Sports on radio row at the Super Bowl what he would look for in another team during the offseason should he not return to Pittsburgh.
“I want to go to a good team with a good head coach that I’m comfortable with,” said Keisel, who will turn 36 in September. “Someone who’s got a good quarterback. That’s always very important and that’s one of the reasons we always have a chance in Pittsburgh.
“So those are some qualities. I want someone who runs a 3-4, which is something I know. I know the technique of the 3-4, I can teach the technique of the 3-4 and I know a few blitzes, too, in the 3-4, that if someone wants to know our schemes.”
Keisel’s age will play a big part in whether or not another team will have interest him. In fact, he very well could wind up being the oldest defensive player in the league in 2014 if signed, depending on what ultimately happens with London Fletcher, Charles Woodson, James Harrison and Paris Lennon.
His age aside, Keisel still believes he has another year left in him.
“I still feel like I can play good football,” he said. “I still feel like I have leadership qualities and we’ll see if any teams are interested in that.”
In somewhat related news, Keisel will once again shave his beard Wednesday night during the 4th annual “Shear Da Beard” event at Jergels with the proceeds once again going to Children’s Hospital of UPMC.
You can watch the entire interview with Keisel that is referenced above in the video below.