Veteran Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel had his annual shearing of the beard Wednesday night at Jergels and during an interview afterwards the 36-year-old BYU product sure made it sound like he still wants to play another season.
“I’ve been preparing for when that day comes, and by ‘that day’ I mean the end,” Keisel told the media. “But right now I’m under contract and I’m going to rehab and see (how) things turn out.”
Keisel had his 2014 season cut short after tearing his triceps in the home game against the New Orleans Saints. He was officially credited with 17 total tackles, one sack, five passes defensed and five quarterback hits last season.
Keisel is set to earn a $1.5 million base salary in 2015 and if he returns one would think it would be in a reserve role where he would play situationally as Cameron Heyward and Stephon Tuitt are both expected to be the starting defensive ends in 2015.
If the Steelers are to make Keisel a cap causality such a move could take place in the next few weeks as the new league year begins in early March.