KEISEL TALKS ABOUT HIS NEW DEAL
Since winning Super Bowl XLIII, the Steelers have re-signed six returning starters to contract extensions. The latest to do so was defensive end Brett Keisel, who got a new five-year deal reportedly worth $18.885 million that includes a $5 million signing bonus on Monday.
“I’m extremely happy to be able to be here for another five years in this great city playing for this great organization,” Keisel said. “It’s a blessing for me. I’m very pleased.
“I just wanted a fair deal. I think both sides got a fair deal in this case. To have a chance to play for a team that wins and contends every year is something special. I’m proud to be part of that.”
Keisel, who turns 31 on Sept. 19, has been with the Steelers since they picked him in the seventh round of the 2002 NFL Draft.
“I’d like to think I’m young for my age,” Keisel said. “In my first four years here, I was basically a special teams player, a role player, so I wasn’t taking the pounding on my body that you take as a constant starter. So I feel good. I feel like I can still get the job done and I think (our coaches) do too.”
“He’s ridiculously competitive,” Tomlin said of Keisel. “He has a mean streak, if you will, something that’s necessary, that comes with playing the position that he plays. He takes a great deal of pride in his work. He embodies the things that we value as a Pittsburgh Steeler.”