Keisel Wants To Play For A Team With A Good Coach And QB If Not Re-signed By Steelers

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.

  • treeher

    I’d like him to retire in black and gold.

  • Jeff

    If he wants to go to a good team, he’ll likely have to take the vet minimum. If that’s the case, why not just stay in Pittsburgh for another year? ..Good coach, good QB, and HOPEFULLY a good team for 2014. Hope the black and gold try to retain him and let him retire a Steeler!

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  • steeltown

    Agreed.. vet minimum for a 10+ year guy I believe is $955K, so pay him an even $1MIL, he can still play and atleast provide depth and leadership to Arnfelt and N.Williams or whoever else is on roster in ’14

  • Ken

    Everyone likes Keisel, the question for the Steelers and everyone else is what are the chances he can stay on the field versus the cost to have him.

  • Jollyrob68

    He should retire now. Time to move on.

  • Jollyrob68

    Even when he was on the field towards the end he didn’t really rush. He stayed back( thank goodness because he was in great position to cause a fumble) But limited pass rush with his foot injury. Time for New Stars to emerge.


    That almost sounded like a veiled threat – “….. and I know a few blitzes, too, in the 3-4, if someone wants to know our schemes.”

  • Nolrog

    Disagree. He is still productive. I’d bring him back on a vet min contract for another year, which will give us time to find a replacement (Hood is not the guy.)

  • Nolrog

    The Steelers have been running the same defense since about 1935. There isn’t anyone who doesn’t already know our schemes.

  • Nolrog

    I’d definitely do that.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Good luck to the beard I just can’t see him returning unless it’s for a one year vet min. I think he can still play another year but he he shouldn’t be counted on as a starter at this point. I’d bring him back for depth purposes only.

  • bonairsfavoriteson

    YEH RIGHT. We are trying to rebuild and some of you guys want to start with a 36 year old defensive player that is washed up, maybe ya want to bring a few of the 1970 s players back too.

  • mem359

    The question is, will the Steelers do that?

  • Nolrog

    I hope so. Not only is he one of my favorite players, but he’s still productive. Plus, options are limited; unless they bring in a guy like Keisel but younger via free agency.


    Keisel is at best a situational player now…imo not a good for a team needing to get younger, and faster on DEF…good things do come to an end, and imo this one should be at the end.

  • sean mcmartin

    Much respect to the matter where he ends up. AZ, Ravens, Bengals..
    His time in Pittsburgh was a great run.

  • Milliken Steeler

    Hood has gotten better even if its baby steps every year, not to mention he is in his prime and doesn’t get hurt. You can say that about Kiesel right now at this stage of his career?