Every team across the league will eventually look at their roster and decide who can and cannot help this team in the future.
A lot of these guys who will get a second look will be those who are in their 30’s and been with teams for awhile. The Chicago Bears are in the same situation with offensive lineman Roberto Garcia and future Hall of Fame corner-back Charles ‘Peanut’ Tillman.
In Pittsburgh’s case, they could possibly be moving on from 35 year old defensive end Brett Keisel and 34 year old Ryan Clark according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Keisel has been with the Pittsburgh Steelers for 12 years while free safety Ryan Clark has been with the team for only eight years.
These two guys were apart of the same draft class in 2002 but Keisel did not play in 2003. Brett played in 12 games this year and recorded a total of 29 tackles, four sacks, one forced fumble with a fumble recovery. It’s a huge decline from his 2012 season where he had 46 tackles.
Ryan Clark played in all 16 games this year and racked up a combined 104 tackles with a fumble recovery and two interceptions.
It’ll be hard to let these two walk away but this team needs a major face lift when it comes to it’s defense. Clark may be picked up sooner than Keisel will when the market is officially open.