Steelers’ Keisel is returning

PITTSBURGH – “Da Beard” is on his way back to ‘Da Burgh.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are planning to re-sign defensive end Brett Keisel to bolster a reconfigured line that has struggled to produce much of anything in the first two weeks of the preseason.

Keisel posted on his Twitter feed Tuesday “I am very excited to finish what I started in 2002 with the @steelers. Time to get to work!!”

The Steelers decided not to re-sign Keisel in the offseason after the 35-year-old finished with four sacks in 12 games in 2013. Pittsburgh drafted Stephon Tuitt in the second round and signed Cam Thomas as a free agent as part of a youth movement along an aging defense.

While Tuitt has been solid during preseason, Thomas has yet to make an impact.

Keisel, who turns 36 on Sept. 19, was effective when healthy last season. But with the team up against the salary cap he wasn’t going to command anywhere near the $4.9 million cap number he received last year.

It’s unclear how much of a pay cut Keisel will receive.