Report: Brett Keisel Contract Two-Years, $3 Million

It will be a few days before the contract signed Wednesday by Pittsburgh Steelers veteran defensive end Brett Keisel shows up in the NFLPA records, but early numbers being reported by Mike Prisuta of DVE Radio are believable.

According to Prisuta, Keisel signed a two-year, $3 million contract. What we don’t know is the signing bonus that Keisel received as part of that $3 million, but being as he earned a base salary of $2.825 million in 2013, it would make sense that he would at least want $2 million guaranteed this year and that would mean he received a $1 million signing bonus and a $1 million base salary in 2014.

If those numbers and structure wind up sticking, Keisel’s cap charge in 2014 would be $1.5 million. I cant see it being any higher than that. In case you’re curious, the minimum base salary that Keisel can earn in 2014 is $955,000.

The amount of the signing bonus given to Keisel is the key here and I will pass that along to you as we know exactly what it is.

  • Steve

    Keisel said he wouldn’t sign for the vet minimum and kept his word.


    He deserved more glad he got a cool 2 mill for this year

  • Eric MacLaurin

    Any chance of a min deal this year with a buyout or something like that to get the credit but also give him something extra?

  • Steve

    Don’t speak too quickly, if he last a few games you may be eating them words.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Dave was this more of a one year deal? I can’t see Keisel coming back next year at 37

  • StarSpangledSteeler


    How much of that salary/signing bonus actually counts against our cap? Don’t we get some kind of discount for signing a veteran?

  • NW86

    Not in this case. You only get that if it’s a 1 year, league minimum deal.
    If the numbers are as reported above, it would count $1.5M this year against the cap and $1.5M next year. If he is cut next year, there would be $500K dead money against the cap.

  • Pete Johnson

    Anything above the vet minimum is ridiculous. Another 500k of dead money next year great. They panicked when he said he was visiting AZ, period. This isn’t the Beard of 2010 it is 2014. He doesn’t provide anything a sub replacement level player could at 36 years old.

  • steeltown

    I have to respectfully disagree, I’ll take Keisel on the field when it counts way before Cam Thomas or Arnfelt or N.Williams or Hemer or…

  • steeltown

    I highly doubt he’s back next year, 500K dead money

  • CrazyTerry

    I am fine with this even if I wish we got him for a couple of hundred grand less. He would be great to rotate in to keep him fresh in case we make the playoffs.

    Compared to the dumb contract amounts COlberts has been doling out in recent months, I can’t be too stressed about this one. (still cant believe Ike gets 2.7M this year and Gilbert will be getting 5M a year and suisham has his multi year contract).

  • BFB

    How are you handicapping that? He got what he deserves or he would have received more. Right?

  • BFB

    Disagree. Knows the Defense, has played at a high level, and will be a rotational guy who will keep everyone fresh. Football smart. Knows what being a Steeler is all about. Great community guy. Veteran leader for younger guys. (Did you see Hayward shrink from the veteran leader question during his sideline interview Thus?)
    I could go on but he is worth much more than a “sub replacement level player” (Huh?) as you call it.

  • Pete Johnson

    He “knew the defense” last year and was one of the worst 3-4 ends vs the run (4th from last). When you are 36, the mind can be willing but the body usually isn’t anymore. Wanna guess how many guys are still playing significant snaps at DE at 36? None. Except Kiesel. Look it up if you don’t believe me.