Steelers Announce Brett Keisel Signing; DL Al Lapuaho Waived

The Pittsburgh Steelers have now made the return on veteran defensive end Brett Keisel official as it was announced Wednesday morning that he’s been signed to a two-year contract.

To make room for Keisel on the roster, defensive lineman Al Lapuaho has been waived.

Steelers PR man Burt Lauten also reports Wednesday morning that while Keisel will travel with the team for the Thursday night preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles, he’s not expected to play.

Keisel will likely need a week or so to get into football shape, so there’s a chance we will see him play in the Steelers preseason finale next week against the Carolina Panthers.

Lapuaho had been signed by the Steelers back in January. He originally entered the league as an undrafted free agent out of Utah State in 2013 with the St. Louis Rams.

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  • CodeNameJerk

    2 years, you think they did that to keep the cap number down?

  • steeltown

    Yep, he most likely will not play out the contract

  • steeltown

    Oh no, not Lapuaho… there goes the AFCNorth Title, ha I kid

    I read Keisel has been training hard this offseason and feels “great”

  • afrazier9

    I’m ok with this signing if it’s just for a mentor type of thing he shouldn’t take snaps from tuitt and mccullers and he shouldnt start

  • SteelerMike

    LOL, a two year deal is ridiculous. Hopefully Colbert did not add a single dollar in dead money to the 2015 cap because there is virtually zero chance a 37 y.o. DE will be on the team next year.

  • CodeNameJerk

    Give Colbert some credit here. He’s not that stupid… Is he?

  • Nolrog

    Without a doubt. They could give him a higher bonus and spread it out over 2 years and still keep some cap space this year just in case someone else gets hurt.

  • Nolrog

    Wow. You obviously don’t have a clue on how this works or why this was done.

  • SteelerMike

    We’ll find out later today/tomorrow I suppose.

  • SteelerMike

    Well gee, maybe you could please explain it to me?

  • Lucus Rodriguez

    there more than likely will be. the reason they did a two year deal is so they can give him more money this year in a signing bonus and then spread that out over two years. next year he will have a small cap hit of like 500k to a mill but will cost the team less this year incase they need to sign a couple guys if someone gets hurt or maybe even extend cortez

  • superfan

    I’m glad Keisel’s back, and am not concerned in the least about him taking snaps from Tuitt (or Mauro or McCullers in the nickel). Aaron Smith is arguably the best 3-4 DE in league history. He started zero games as a rookie, and only played in six. Cameron Heyward is the team’s best DE right now, and played sparingly in his first two seasons.

    There’s a learning curve at this position, and regardless of how NFL-ready Tuitt is, he may take some time to develop. Having a guy like Keisel around, and even taking some snaps, isn’t going to hinder Tuitt’s development. It’ll actually help.

  • steeltown

    hear hear

  • SteelerMike

    I agree that’s probably the case, I just don’t agree with it. I don’t see any need to borrow future cap money for a team that is coming off an 8-8 season and still in transition.

  • 2443scott

    welcome home old friend …..ya been missed ….maybe your not the best you used to be but some times its just more about the person then the dollars and whats best ….some times the fact the person is whats good for a club out weights the other stuff ….like a grandfather whos to old to do things any more but is there to hand the grandchildren the tools to build their own world …and thats what brett will do for this young line be there to hand off the tools so they can build that steeler new superbowl trophy case .. as john denver sang and as brett is thinking …hey its good to be back home again ..

  • Douglas Andrews

    Welcome back to Da Beard. The run Defense was looking a little shaky but now i’m wondering if this will affect which side C. Heyward plays on or does he just become the backup on Cameron’s Rt side.

  • Aric Brown

    You guys act like Keisel is a scrub

  • Josh Gustad

    I don’t remember the last time I’ve seen this kind of depth on the defensive line.

  • Rupert

    Depth and leadership…no doubt this was a good move! I only hope that he (and team) get to come back to Phoenix in January…I think this team is as solid as it’s been in some time. He and any Steelers player has an open invitation to stay at my house for the Superbowl! LOL

  • bustedknuckles

    If they wanted him that bad why the f was he sitting at home? We got rope a doped by Arizona. I love 99 but this move is certainly a head scratcher. Youth movement? I’m not convinced that experience is what we need. We need young, fast, nasty football players. The 8-8 teams were full of experience.

  • steeltown

    The cap ramifications will be very little

  • mem359

    Maybe it was the other way around.

    Think of the Steelers as Lucy, Keisel as a football, and Arizona as Charlie Brown.

  • steeltown

    So you’d rather have Arnfelt or N.Williams who both looked pretty much non-existent against 3rd stringers on roster? I’ll take Keisel as a depth player and mentor to Tuitt and Mauro any day over guys that will end up on the practice squad

  • Kenneth Wilt

    I think the FO saw exactly what I saw the other day. Every member of our 2nd unit was a rookie and had zero snaps in the NFL. Mauro I think will either make the team or the PS with the option to be promoted next year. We needed SOME experience at the position.

  • Dorkewicz

    I like this move. Kudos to Dave Bryan for calling this one out from the start. Even though Tuitt played pretty well in the first 2 preseason games, we’ve got to keep in mind that these are just small sample sizes. At the end of the day, all we know about his play are from those two games, college tape (which means little in a lot of cases) and word of mouth from practice. The coaches see this guy practice on a daily basis and maybe they didn’t see initial starting material. We’ve got to remember that this kid is a rookie playing a difficult yet pivotal position in a complex defensive scheme. I’m just excited to watch Steelers football

  • bustedknuckles

    Yes. I believe Nick Williams has upside and potential. 36 year-old mentor that wasn’t in camp to mentor?????

  • bustedknuckles

    Lucy should’ve had 99 in camp mentoring.

  • Still_JPDQ

    Every year the hype machine goes into overdrive for a handful of these rookies and roster bubble guys. I wonder how much of it is actually merited, and how much of it is people just getting caught up in the fact that they had a couple good practice showings or highlights vs some mediocre/bottom feeder NFL teams’ 2nd or 3rd stringers in preseason.

    Why not bring in Keisel? If he can outplay Josh Mauro or Arnfelt or even Tuitt, then by all means, he should be playing ahead of them! It’s obvious there’s going to be a rotation, and we all know injuries will take out some guys like they always do, so chill out. This is a good move.

    Now if they would just bring back the Silverback to take Chris Carter’s place, I’d feel pretty good about our front seven. Because mark my words, Worilds or Jones will go down. It’s not a question of if, just when. Maybe Moats gets the job done, but wouldn’t you rather have Moats/Harrison than Moats/Carter? OLB is a dangerous predicament for the Steelers right now.

  • bustedknuckles

    The Steeler way WAS to let em go a year too soon. That is clearly not happening anymore.

  • Brendon Glad

    I would be surprised if we aren’t happy to have him by about week 12. If not earlier. I thought the FO played his situation spot-on. He did not want the min. He had a #$ in mind…but he loves the Steelers. And from everything I’ve ever heard, most NFL players consider training camp to be a big deal on $ issues…As in, tell them they don’t have to go to training camp, and they will almost always accept less $ on contracts. So when AZ came calling, we couldn’t have the luxury of Keisel as a “mistress in waiting” any longer. Good move. Someone almost always gets hurt up front…and he will be pressed into heavy action.

  • steeltown

    If the coaches believe in N.Williams upside then he will be relegated to the PS

  • bustedknuckles

    Certainly. I agree. But I see nice talent all over the place. Especially on the d line. We could really use a decent corner in my opinion. More than a rotational mentor anyway. If either of the starting cbs goes down…

  • Brendon Glad

    It still happens. The Steelers let Keisel go. The difference is that when they do let them go, it’s done with way less “harshness” than it was done under Noll, then Donahoe…so since players LOVE playing for the Steelers, we find more cases of players the Steelers DID let go (Starks, Harrison, Hines Ward, Hampton, Keisel), preferring to “stay available” rather than go to training camp with other teams. Or doing it one time and realizing they miss the Steelers. And sometimes they get the call-back from the Steelers, and sometimes they don’t. But I LOVE the class with which we say goodbye to players since Colbert took over FO duties. If he had been around in 1996, we prob would have had 5-7 extra years of Rod Woodson…as a Pro-Bowl safety.

  • bustedknuckles

    Mostly I’m baffled by the game of chicken that the f.O. played. If the younger players needed more than assistant head coach Mitchell’s tutelage, I feel that the beard should’ve been in camp. And he flew to Arizona….c’mon man. Don’t make the man fly across the country before offering him a TWO year deal. Doesn’t make sense to me. Please don’t get me wrong. I love 99. I know that he will play good ball for the Steelers this year. I just love the Steelers organization a bit more than any one individual and am concerned about the future all over the field but not d line.

  • steeltown

    I don’t think he even went to ARI, he declined the invite

  • bustedknuckles

    I read that he flew out and back. It was on the internet. Was definitely true.

  • bustedknuckles

    Also I am a huge fan of the harshness that the Emperor used to mold men.

  • Brendon Glad

    I agree. With 3- 4 new DL to the system (Thomas, Tuitt, mcCullers, and _____), I see it as quite positive. A great mentor, who is secure enough in his own skin to always give as many “secrets” to the newbies as he can. Plus, I thought he actually showed way less “drop-off” than some of the other older vets did last season (even though 3-4 DE is the single hardest element of NFL FB for me to get my head-around of them all…so I am always skeptical to “evaluate” 3-4 DE play, without help from the analysts here…or coaches…etc. But it seemed like he could still play to me.

  • Brendon Glad

    His methods worked quite well. I prefer how they handle it now, but 4 beats 2, so I prob should have left him out. I was more talking about Donahoe, because I really disliked the cold approach he took with some of the guys. Notably Woodson…

  • Brendon Glad

    I can’t say for sure, but I am pretty sure that with veterans like Keisel, they hate training camp…it involves installs that they’ve done 10-13 years in a row…high heat…stinky dorm rooms, 2 a days…and NO games for 2-3 weeks…then barely playing in the ones u do have. So my guess is….Keisel wanted more than the Steelers wanted to pay….and the Steelers preferred to have him sitting at home until the first DL injury….then when Dockett went down, it forced the Steelers hand….but Keisel probably accepted less than he asked for…because a full month of “the least fun part of being an NFL Player” was something he didn’t have to do. That’s how I guess it happened the way it did.

  • bustedknuckles

    It’s a cold business full of big tough rich guys. They should be able to handle it. But I can appreciate your concern for Rods feelings. I just don’t care enough about feelings when I’m thinking football. I’m thinking gold rings and silver trophies. Exclusively.

  • Brendon Glad

    amen! Until I see the $…and Keisel play…I have no reason to be upset about 2 years. Based on the analysis of Ziggy Hood’s 2014 season…and mcClendon’s, and Ike’s, and Clark’s, and the OLB’s…I’m struggling to understand how Keisel can be steadfastly deemed: “washed up”. The Steelers D was less than what we were accustomed to, but they were 8-8…and the offense wasn’t lighting the world on fire either. So there had to be a few guys holding up their end on the D. I think he still has to prove to me that he CAN’T play….before I just assume that he can’t.

  • Brendon Glad

    I cared less about Rod’s feelings than I did that he made 4 Pro Bowls, 1 All-pro, had 33 ints…7Td’s, and played in 2 SB’s (winning 1) Post-Steelers. I am all about helping the Steelers…NOT my feelings for a particular player…our only difference is what we prefer as our methods of handling older vets as their contracts come up. I prefer not burning bridges… u prefer cutting ties. But even as I started to back-track on Noll….the harshness was cool when he got rid of the bad players in his first 2 years….but one can hardly say that cutting ties with the Steeler legends a year or 2 early did him one bit of good. Very few of them were replaced with a guy who performed better than the aging one.

  • Roger (G.)

    Lapuaho….yep the “wise guys” in Vegas just adjusted the Steelers Super Bowl odds line.

  • bustedknuckles

    I prefer youth over experience after a two year mediocre streak. Holding on to guys because they were great Steelers is gratifying for the fans and speaks volumes about how the Steelers do business but we have talent all over that d line but very little on the corners and outside rushers. I believe that we should’ve cut ties or had him in camp mentoring from day one. Seemed too much like a reactionary move which, in my opinion is not Steeler football. Arizona certainly should not be followed. If we needed and or wanted the beard back, he should’ve been in camp. Clearly this move is about team building, not the player that is putting us over the top. So why not have him join the team from jump street. Also please take no offense, I wasn’t calling you sensitive or soft. I’m just furious about the continued mediocrity and couldn’t care less who lines up at this point. They just better be playing Pittsburgh Steelers football.

  • Nolrog

    Sure. They give him a 2 year deal because it allows them to spread the cap hit out into next year and pay him more than they could spare this year. That adds to the potential dead money next year, that’s true, but the cap is expected to jump again next year and that saves cap room this year in case someone else is injured and they need to find a replacement (like with Pouncey/Velasco last year.)

  • joed32

    You’re right, Donahoe was a jerk. He had a hard and fast rule that if a player left the Steelers for another team he could never come back. Childish!

  • joed32

    He declined the invitation. I would include a link but we’re not allowed to.

  • bustedknuckles

    I believe you dude. Failed sarcasm. The guy denied the contract that he just accepted, months ago and everyone is calling him this great team player. He just skipped camp. Not what’s best for the team. Harsh but true. He didn’t lend his mentoring skills all summer. Hope his body holds up. I’ve been 36. It sucks.

  • bustedknuckles

    I love that rule as long as the man doing the cutting knows what he is doing. Retreads are for tractor trailers and inferior organizations.

  • joed32

    Gotcha, I should have caught that. It was my failure.

  • pittsburghjoe

    If the coaches believe Landry Jones has upside, then he will be related to the…well, um..er…ugg.. I cant even say it.. it would be waste of PS space.