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Steelers Release DE Brett Keisel

The Pittsburgh Steelers announced Monday that they’ve released veteran DL Brett Keisel.

We have informed Brett Keisel that we plan to release him today,” Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert said. “We have had conversations with Brett over the past couple of weeks during which we communicated our intentions to him. Brett has played a major role in our success during his 13 years in Pittsburgh. We appreciate his efforts and we are grateful for what he helped us accomplish, including two Super Bowl Championships. We will always consider him an all-time Pittsburgh Steeler.

Keisel, 36 has one year remaining on his two-year, $3 million and would have made a base salary of $1.5 million for the 2015 season.

According to OverTheCap.com, releasing Keisel will free up $1.5 million in available cap space while creating $250,000 in dead money.

Last year, Keisel appeared in 12 games and recorded 17 tackles, one sack, an interception and five pass defenses.