According to a report by PFT and Pittsburgh Tribune's Ed Bouchette, the Pittsburgh Steelers have been speaking with free agent and former defensive end Brett Kiesel about a return to the team in 2014. This is coming off Kiesel stating several times this offseason that he'd like to continue his playing career and now (according to this report) it could be happening .
According to Bouchette, the Steelers remain "very interested" in bringing back Kiesel for a 13th season in the Black & Gold and he would probably be there already . What's the holdup ? Kiesel wants more than the Steelers have offered . As per Bouchette, the Steelers would sign Kiesel for $955,000 with a signing bonus of 65,000 per the league's minimum salary benefit rule. Under the terms of that type of contract , Kiesel would only count 635,000 against the Steelers cap. The Steelers have this money as a result of Lamarr Woodley's release earlier in the offseason which took effect (salary cap wise) on June 1.
p>Keisel started 12 games for the Steelers last year, recording 29 tackles, four sacks and a forced fumble. With rookie Stephon Tuitt joining the defensive end group this year, Keisel, who turns 36 in September, would likely be looking at a reduced workload. Question is , would you rather have Kiesel back or would you have someone else?