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Brett Keisel's future is in Pittsburgh even if he's not on the Steelers

Steelers veteran DE Brett Keisel is poised to hit free agency in 2014, but his first thoughts are staying in Pittsburgh, where it all began.

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Da Beard wants to stay in Da Burgh, make no mistake about it. Whether the Steelers want to bring veteran defensive end Brett Keisel back for a 13th season with the club remains to be seen, but even if Keisel was to play somewhere else - he feels he has a few years left in him - he mentioned he and his wife both want to raise their family in Pittsburgh.

Keisel spoke on this as well as his desire to continue playing, hopefully for the Steelers, this upcoming season on SVP and Russillo on ESPN Radio.

The issue with Keisel has been injuries. Something has limited Keisel in each of the last four seasons, causing him to miss 11 games in that time. He was a Pro Bowl selection in 2010, and had two sacks in the Steelers' last two games of the 2013 season.

Odds are good Keisel will get a contract somewhere this offseason. Veteran defensive ends in 3-4 defenses aren't usually sitting on the market for very long. What kind of opportunity he'll get is up in the air, but as he said, he wants to remain in Pittsburgh. With the younger (and likely more expensive) Ziggy Hood also hitting free agency, as well as the emergence of Cameron Heyward at the defensive end position, the Steelers have a few options, including re-signing one or both of their scheduled free agent former starters.

Al Woods is also a free agent option the Steelers could explore.

Read Dale Grdnic's defensive ends breakdown in BTSC's Steelers Roster Projections series