Steelers GM Kevin Colbert refused to address the topic of signing former Steelers’ DE Brett Keisel and OLB James Harrison, but did say that they haven’t ruled out the idea of adding veteran help in the coming weeks.
“We haven’t eliminated anybody from consideration because we don’t know what’s going to happen before the season,” Colbert said, via Scott Brown of ESPN.com. “Even into the season there’s been times when we’ve brought back veteran players due to injury. If we have eliminated a player we always tell [him] don’t keep us in your thought process, if you have an opportunity don’t wait for us, something along those lines.”
According to Brown, “it makes all the sense in the world” for the Steelers to bring Keisel back for another. Although, he isn’t as optimistic about Harrison returning to Pittsburgh.
Keisel, 35, has spent all of his 11 years of his NFL career with the Steelers. In 2013, Keisel accumulated four sacks and 29 tackles over the course of 12 games.
Pro Football Focus has Keisel rated as the No. 31 overall defensive end in a 3-4 system last year, but also an above-average run-defender, which could allow him to see snaps in early downs.
Harrison, 35, was deemed expendable by Cincinnati after playing the first year of a two-year deal, registering only two sacks in fifteen games.
Harrison graded out as the No. 9 outside linebacker in 4-3 scheme last year, according to Pro Football Focus.
We have both players listed in our Best Available Free Agents list.