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    NFL Free Agency 2014: Brett Keisel mentioned among ‘bargain finds’ still available

    By Jack Finn on Apr 2 2014



    Jason LaCanfora writes that Brett Keisel is one of the remianig few potential bargains avaliable in free agency for teams to sign.

    What's left in the third wave is essentially the dregs of the talent pool, the injured, the hobbled, the old and the "character issue" guys.

    Rounding off LaCanfora's list is none other than Pittsburgh Steelers beloved defensive end Brett Keisel. Keisel has intimated that he is not done with football yet, and intends to return for the 2014 season, however where he will be playing is another story.

    Writes LaCanfora...

    [Keisel is] the kind of teammate and leader everyone wants in their locker room. While many assumed he'd never leave the Steelers, he has, at least for now, and he brings so much with him beyond just an ability to do all the dirty work and ugly things and help set the edge in a 3-4 scheme.

    I'd take him on my team on a one-year deal for sure...

    I can't help but think most in Steelers Nation would tend to agree with LaCanfora's assessment. "Da Beard" is something of a national treasure, the epitome of a blue collar guy Keisel was a 7th round draft pick in 2002 who worked his way from the bottom to a starting role in 2006, something he would keep up to and through the 2013 season.

    At age 35 he is definently over the hill, and his play declined last season, most notably against the run. The days of Keisel in the starting lineup are over.

    That said the Steelers have a need for depth along the defensive line, as well as for a leader in the locker room. Keisel can be both.He is very well educated in Dick LeBeau's scheme, and what he brings in terms of intangibles, work ethic and leadership is unquestionable.

    Hopefully as time goes on, a reunion between Keisel and team that drafted him over a decade ago becomes a reality. That said, its nice to see such an under appreciated player in has career get some nice press, even if it is as a bargain bin option.

    http://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com...in-finds-still

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    If Keisel is still available after June 1st, I think the Steelers take him back if he agrees to be a back up.

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    To back up who? The stacked RDE spot we have? lol

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    To back up who? The stacked RDE spot we have? lol
    $$$$$$.

    Bring Brett back as the incumbent starter, and if someone wants to take his spot, they have to beat him out before the season starts.

    FWIW, I disagree with the aforementioned article in that I didn't think his play dropped off all that much last season.
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    People assume that getting a bit older means way slow and unproductive. Same thing happened with Jared Allen

    Hes still a hell of a player with a great motor...his only problem is his calves seem to get hurt a lot, but as a rotational 34 DE hes money still

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    Quote Originally Posted by K Train View Post
    People assume that getting a bit older means way slow and unproductive. Same thing happened with Jared Allen

    Hes still a hell of a player with a great motor...his only problem is his calves seem to get hurt a lot, but as a rotational 34 DE hes money still
    No, but it does mean injury prone as seen with Brett himself.

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    Bring Brett back as the incumbent starter, and if someone wants to take his spot, they have to beat him out before the season starts.
    AGREE with this statement 100%

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    Quote Originally Posted by K Train View Post
    To back up who? The stacked RDE spot we have? lol
    Yes, Cam Thomas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn View Post
    Yes, Cam Thomas.
    Just stop, he was brought in for depth, not a solution. Tuitt in 2 please

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    Quote Originally Posted by BradshawsHairdresser View Post
    $$$$$$.

    Bring Brett back as the incumbent starter, and if someone wants to take his spot, they have to beat him out before the season starts.

    FWIW, I disagree with the aforementioned article in that I didn't think his play dropped off all that much last season.
    Agreed..... Cam Thomas is anything but a lock as a starting DE.

    Keisel's play might have declined a bit but it did NOT decline any worse than Ike's did.

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