Steelers release DE Keisel

Pittsburgh, PA ( - The Pittsburgh Steelers are parting ways with veteran defensive end Brett Keisel.

Keisel has been with the Steelers since the club selected him in the seventh round of the 2002 draft out of BYU.

"We have informed Brett Keisel that we plan to release him today," Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said in a statement Monday. "We have had conversations with Brett over the past couple of weeks during which we communicated our intentions to him.

"Brett has played a major role in our success during his 13 years in Pittsburgh. We appreciate his efforts and we are grateful for what he helped us accomplish, including two Super Bowl Championships. We will always consider him an all-time Pittsburgh Steeler."

The 36-yera-old Keisel played 12 games in 2014 before a tricep injury ended his season. He has amassed 30 sacks and 408 tackles while starting 114 of the 156 games in which he's appeared over his career.