Long-time Steelers DL Brett Keisel said that he’s been preparing for the end of his career, but he has been going through rehab and plans to see things go in the coming months.
“I’ve been preparing for when that day comes, and by ‘that day’ I mean the end,” Keisel said, via Scott Brown of ESPN.com. “But right now I’m under contract and I’m going to rehab and see (how) things turn out.”
However, Keisel admits that retirement is “getting close.”
“It’s getting close,” he said of retirement. “That’s the way this business goes.”
Keisel, 36, found little interest during free agency last year, and it wasn’t until reports mentioned that he was flying to Arizona to visit with the Cardinals before the Steelers decided to get involved.
He ultimately signed a two-year, $3 million contract that included a $500,000 signing bonus with the Steelers. Keisel stands to make a base salary of $1.5 million for the 2015 season.
Unfortunately, Keisel suffered a torn tricep and was later placed on season-ending injured reserve.
In 2014, Keisel recorded 17 tackles, one sack, an interceptions and five pass defenses over the course of 12 games. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 28 defensive end in a 3-4 system out of 47 qualifying players.