Report: Steelers Free Agent DL Al Woods To Visit With The Titans On Wednesday

The very first report of interest in one of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ own free agents from outside the organization has just surfaced courtesy of Jim Wyatt, who originally reported the Steelers’ interest in Alterraun Verner.

According to Wyatt, defensive end Al Woods is scheduled to visit with the Tennessee Titans on Wednesday. The Steelers are believed to consider Woods one of their most important free agents to retain.

Also, considering some of the contracts already given out, such as the money received by former Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Tyson Jackson, filling the hole at defensive end for the Steelers via outside free agency may not be as easy as originally thought.

The Steelers, of course, have two other defensive ends in the free agent market, both of them with vast starting experience. Ziggy Hood and Brett Keisel—separated in age by the better part of a decade—have been integral to the Steelers’ defensive line for the last few seasons.

It’s unclear what degree of interest or importance the Steelers place on retaining either of these two players. Some believe that Hood is most likely to go to a 4-3 team that would allow him to play defensive tackle, rather than defensive end in a 3-4 system, and could command a $3 million a year salary.

Keisel, meanwhile, has said recently that while he wishes to continue to play, and would like to play his entire career in Pittsburgh, he has not heard from the Steelers. While that doesn’t eliminate him from being in play, it does suggest that he is not a top priority, or the first option as the starter.

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  • gene mann

    well be curious after getting him back twice now we might lose him ? especially when he showed he can play DE and NT

  • Josh Knepshield

    Steelers better pay dat man.

  • Kevin Gobleck

    NO. NO. NO. Sign him! Don’t let him get away! everything is going pretty good so far, lets keep it that way!

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Hope we have both Keisel and Hood on speed dial.

  • dgh57

    This doesn’t make any sense at all letting Wood walk!

  • 243546

    I hope Colbert has something up his sleeve, because right now the Steelersbhave the worst D line personnel in the league.

  • Mike_520

    what about going after Antonio smith former cardinal and Texan

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    Come on man, sign dat ass. We need somebody who can occasionally accept snacks from opponent’s fans…

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Should have signed him already. Only good thing is that there are a crap load of D linemen FA’s out there, so after the big name studs get signed the prices for the rest should come way down. So if Woods signs elsewhere I would be pissed, but they will have to get someone else at a decent price. Someone who can at least rotate in.

  • Jim McCarley

    Woods is far more important than Hood or Keisel and should be re-signed. It would be a mistake to let him go, imo.

  • Steve

    Woods needs to be resigned. He can backup both the nose tackle and Defensive End position.

  • T R

    he just signed with the Titans

  • T R

    Well there goes AL Woods.. he is now a Titan..

  • Steve

    Thanks T R. The FO needs to come up with a backup DE or NT.