Dec 22, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel (99) reacts after the Steelers beat the Green Bay Packers 38-31 at Lambeau Field. Keisel recovered a fumble late in the 4th quarter to help set up the winning score. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Steelers: Brett Keisel Says He Has Time Left; Should It Be With Steelers?

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are faced with plenty of tough decisions coming their way this offseason.

One of their biggest involves whether or not to re-sign veteran defensive end Brett Keisel, who at age 35 needs to decide if he wants to return for a 13th NFL season.

Dec 29, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel (99) reacts as he takes the field against the Cleveland Browns during the first quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

If he does, the Steelers must decide if they want to invest more money in an aging veteran.

Keisel said after the season that he would sit down with his family and whether he would return.

If that sounds like a similar situation the Pittsburgh Pirates have been facing with starting pitcher A.J. Burnett, it should, but judging by Keisel’s recent comments, it sounds like Keisel is ready to go for the 2014 season.

“I think I’ve got a couple [years] left in me,” Keisel said during an appearance with Scott Van Pelt and Ryan Russillo. “I feel great and still feel like I can play. We’ll see what happens.”

Now Keisel has to decide if he is willing to continue his playing career somewhere other than Pittsburgh, the place he has spent his entire career, if things come to that.

Learning a new system at age 35 isn’t something most veterans want to do at this point in their careers.

As for the Steelers, all of the talk has been of how they need to get much younger on defense. Signing a 35-year-old, even though he did some good things last season, seems a bit counterproductive.

While it would be nice to see “The Beard” retire as a Steeler, the likely scenario is that the team needs to move on.

If he chooses to play, it will be odd seeing Keisel in another uniform, but the bottom line is that the Steelers organization cannot continue to keep prolonging getting younger on the defensive side of the ball.


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