Notebook: Is this Keisel's final camp?
By Mark Kaboly
Published: Friday, July 26, 2013, 9:15 p.m.
Brett Keisel knows this could be his last year, and if that's the case, the veteran defensive end is going to make sure he enjoys it.
Keisel arrived for his 13th training camp at St. Vincent on Friday in an off-road dump truck, exceeding the Kubota tractor that he showed up last year.
“I want to just enjoy this year,” Keisel said. “I don't know what's going to happen with everything. I am going to go out and give it my all and have fun and see what happens. If it is the end, then I want to go out on top. I want to go out on top if it is not the end.”
Keisel is in the final year of a five-year, $18.885 million extension he signed in 2009. At a soon-to-be 34 years old and with a first-round draft pick behind him in Cameron Heyward, Keisel knows the end could come at season's end.
“Twelve seasons in the NFL is pretty good, especially when you can do it with a great organization like the Pittsburgh Steelers,” Keisel said. “As long as my coaches and teammates feel like I can do it and I feel like I can do it, let's do it.”
Keisel, a seventh-round pick out of BYU in 2002, led the team in quarterback pressures (40) last season to go along with 58 tackles and 41⁄2 sacks.
Keisel counts $4.5 million against the Steelers' cap this season.
Four players will begin training camp on the physically-unable-to-perform list.
Tight ends David Johnson (knee), Heath Miller (knee), linebacker Sean Spence (knee) and nose tackle Alameda Ta'amu (hamstring) will not be allowed to participate in team drills or practices until they are removed from the PUP list.
Sanders seeks extension
The Steelers have $4.4 million in available salary cap, and receiver Emmanuel Sanders is looking for a contract extension before the start of the season.
An extension hasn't yet been broached by either side.
“And I am really not worried about it,” Sanders said.
Sanders, a third-round pick in 2010, is in the final year of his rookie deal. The Patriots made a $2.5 million offer to the restricted free agent in the offseason that the Steelers matched.
Adams cleared to practice
Tackle Mike Adams, who will start at right tackle, has been cleared to practice less than two months after he was stabbed in the abdomen on the South Side and needed surgery.
Heyward slims down
Heyward showed up at training camp at the lightest weight he's ever been.
“You can tell,” he said with a laugh.
Heyward said he weighs 298 pounds.
“I thought I could slim down some more and get better shape,” he said.
Mark Kaboly is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @MarkKaboly_Trib.
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