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Saints sign Keenan Lewis to five-year deal

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Free agent cornerback Keenan Lewis is heading home to New Orleans.

Lewis, a New Orleans native who has played his entire four-year career with the Steelers, signed a five-year deal with the Saints today.

After starting all 16 games for the Steelers last season, Lewis became one of a large group of starting cornerbacks to hit the free agent market this year. We had him as the No. 41 player available in our free agent rankings.

The Saints were known to be looking for an upgrade at cornerback, and now they’ve got their man.

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56 Responses to “Saints sign Keenan Lewis to five-year deal”
  1. bettis3636 says: Mar 14, 2013 4:24 PM

    He will be back to Pitt next year like McFadden and Gay did.. Lol

  2. nickster31 says: Mar 14, 2013 4:25 PM

    Congrats Saints fans, you picked up a great young player. Sucks as a Steelers fan to see him go.

  3. hawks1124 says: Mar 14, 2013 4:27 PM

    A really good signing by the Saints. They still need secondary help, but Lewis is a stud.

  4. st1llerz1 says: Mar 14, 2013 4:30 PM

    Lewis is the one I would have liked to see resigned. He came a long way last year as a starter and looks to have his best years in front of him.

    Next man up!!

    GO STEELERS!

  5. lopeone says: Mar 14, 2013 4:32 PM

    Kevin Colbert dropping the ball once again, surprised he let mike wallace walk they have so much in common.

  6. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 14, 2013 4:38 PM

    Ouch!

  7. stillers1229 says: Mar 14, 2013 4:39 PM

    This one hurts.

  8. slickster35 says: Mar 14, 2013 4:39 PM

    Lose this kid and keep Ike Taylor?

    smh

  9. nirvana504 says: Mar 14, 2013 4:42 PM

    Welcome home! Now he’s in real Black & Gold

  10. Steeley McBeam says: Mar 14, 2013 4:42 PM

    Cortez Allen.

  11. 87hollywoodhorn says: Mar 14, 2013 4:43 PM

    wannnnnhhhhh we in dis bih! im loving these corners jabari keenan and prob, but if we go out and get NAMADI yall need to stop playing!

    Were coming with that 3-4 and yea were gonna take out your favorite player, get money!

  12. stillers1229 says: Mar 14, 2013 4:49 PM

    87hollywoodhorn says:
    Mar 14, 2013 4:43 PM
    wannnnnhhhhh we in dis bih! im loving these corners jabari keenan and prob, but if we go out and get NAMADI yall need to stop playing!

    Were coming with that 3-4 and yea were gonna take out your favorite player, get money!
    ——————————————–

    Can you repeat that again in English?

  13. bullwnkl985 says: Mar 14, 2013 4:50 PM

    87… I’m a Saints fan and I downvoted that lame post of yours!

  14. nolagirl says: Mar 14, 2013 4:50 PM

    Welcome home, Nola boy!

  15. expatpatfan says: Mar 14, 2013 4:53 PM

    Of all the people cut and/or not resigned by the Steelers, Lewis was the one I really thought they’d keep. Good signing by the Saints.

  16. Stiller43 says: Mar 14, 2013 4:55 PM

    Balls

  17. alchemistcirca1979 says: Mar 14, 2013 4:58 PM

    Cortez Allen!!!

  18. hor2012 says: Mar 14, 2013 5:02 PM

    How tall is he. We need someone who can jump with JJ in atlanta.

  19. navyeoddavee9 says: Mar 14, 2013 5:03 PM

    Nirvana54: really “real black and gold” Steelers have been around a lot longer, than the aints, aints legacy compared to Steelers, WOW! But that aside, Lewis, is a up and coming, sorry 2 see him go

  20. lopeone says: Mar 14, 2013 5:03 PM

    might as well start willie gay all season and shoot for a high draft pick next year

  21. jarvis1104 says: Mar 14, 2013 5:04 PM

    Next man up. Cortez Allen had an exceptional year last season. Hopefully he continues to grow in an expanded role

  22. hor2012 says: Mar 14, 2013 5:07 PM

    stillers1229

    I’m a Saints fan also but I think you post was funny as hell!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  23. johntonioholmes says: Mar 14, 2013 5:14 PM

    One of the better cover corners in the NFL. Can’t catch, but few will be throwing to him if he plays like he did last year.

  24. swampdawg80 says: Mar 14, 2013 5:18 PM

    Welcome home! Hope you ball out for the Who Dat Nation!!!

  25. blackngold4life says: Mar 14, 2013 5:19 PM

    We don’t chase um..We replace um! Next man up! Cortez Allen..One year resume ain’t worth 8m

  26. jr4real says: Mar 14, 2013 5:20 PM

    nowhere near as bad as the ravens debacle of an offseason.

  27. swampdawg80 says: Mar 14, 2013 5:20 PM

    Now i hope the Saints get Nhamdi too and get pass rushers from the draft. Should be straight then.

  28. noring4youstill says: Mar 14, 2013 5:21 PM

    87 your post is far more embarrassing for saints fans than my hope Goddell gets shot remark. Way to go.

  29. modellforprez says: Mar 14, 2013 5:23 PM

    Good for Keenan. get all the money you can while you can. really happy for him would have loved to have him back but hey you JUST CANNOT keep everybody.

  30. inozwetrust says: Mar 14, 2013 5:25 PM

    This one hurts Steeler nation. William Gay…really…why bother to bring him back?

    Look for Torry Smith to torch the Steeler secondary next year, especially with no James Harrison to pressure Flacco.

    Looks like another high draft pick for the Steelers next year

  31. pgh15212 says: Mar 14, 2013 5:29 PM

    lopeone says:
    Mar 14, 2013 4:32 PM
    Kevin Colbert dropping the ball once again

    __________________

    Lewis did not want to resign last year because he said he didnt want nickelback money.

    This one hurts!

  32. sicklife1 says: Mar 14, 2013 5:30 PM

    I never heard of this guy until the Giants played the Steelers, and he was all over Nicks. Nicks usually manhandles CB’s like him, but he couldn’t get away from him. He’s big & fast…good pick up at CB for the Saints.

  33. nimbushex says: Mar 14, 2013 5:34 PM

    Highly disappointed that it doesn’t look like the Steelers even made an effort to resign Lewis, one of the few bright spots from an off year.

  34. Deb says: Mar 14, 2013 5:34 PM

    Darn!!!! Darn, darn, darn!!!! When we post good riddance to that slacker Mike Wallace, all those dingaling Dolphin fans keep slobbering that we must be jealous ( :roll: ) that they grabbed our guy. No … we’re really glad the overpriced diva is gone. But Keenan Lewis we will miss. Darn!!

    Good pickup, New Orleans.

  35. plumbstl says: Mar 14, 2013 5:35 PM

    Good player Saints over payed 11 Mil guaranteed is too much for zero picks. He wanted to play there he would taken less?

  36. andrewproughcfe says: Mar 14, 2013 5:42 PM

    Keenan Lewis took four years to be trusted as a starter. Cortez Allen took one year, with the same coaching staff. The upside is with Allen.

    ‘Nuf said. Time to get Allen more playing time.

    All those analysts calling the Steeler’s defense “aging” this year can bite it. The youngsters have taken over the asylum – from Cortez Allen to Curtis Brown to Ziggy Hood to Jason Worilds to Cameron Heyward, there’s now been a huge turnover.

  37. mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says: Mar 14, 2013 5:52 PM

    Steelers and especially the Ravens continue to fall apart. Bengals will win the division this year I bet.

  38. sbc85 says: Mar 14, 2013 5:54 PM

    navyeoddavee9 says:Mar 14, 2013 5:03 PM

    Nirvana54: really “real black and gold” Steelers have been around a lot longer, than the aints, aints legacy compared to Steelers, WOW! But that aside, Lewis, is a up and coming, sorry 2 see him go
    —-

    He’s talking about the actual colors of the uniform. Admit it, you guys are black and mustard yellow at best.

  39. jeffa43 says: Mar 14, 2013 5:59 PM

    He is one hell of a cb, we were #1 against the pass because of Taylor and Lewis…. Thank God we have Allen to replace him.

    Galactic will be singing about Lreis soon…

  40. letsgopens8771 says: Mar 14, 2013 6:31 PM

    Great. There goes our only good Safety. (Troy sucks and is too injury prone) Keenan Lewis was very good last year and besides Cortez and Will Allen, it seemed like he was the only one trying in the secondary, also because Ike Taylor can’t cover a phone booth. I will really miss Lewis. Double Yoi. I don’t think I have ever seen a year as a Steelers fan where there are so many question marks on both sides of the ball, and now the vultures are circling over our players.

    The times, they are a’changin in the ‘Burgh.
    Get ready for a rough future as a Steelers fan.

  41. jrobitaille23 says: Mar 14, 2013 6:50 PM

    Don’t let these other Steelers fans fool you. Lewis was very average. It took him three years to see the field. He was targeted so much is why he had so many pass defends. He is at best an okay #2. On turf, expect him to get abused as he cannot keep up w/receivers on their breaks. I was hoping he would get signed elsewhere. The Steelers do NOT let good talent go. Sure, head cases like Wallace, who are too expensive, or Porter, who had one more good year in him, but for the most part, if they are worth it, Steelers lock him up.

  42. dickson29 says: Mar 14, 2013 6:54 PM

    and……………………….down go the RAVENS!

  43. andrewproughcfe says: Mar 14, 2013 7:13 PM

    letsgopens8771 says:
    Mar 14, 2013 6:31 PM
    Great. There goes our only good Safety. (Troy sucks and is too injury prone)

    ===================

    Keenan is not a safety, and Troy was the defensive player of the year two years ago.

    Go watch hockey.

  44. 6superbowls says: Mar 14, 2013 7:41 PM

    mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports. Your screen name is all that ever needs said about the Bungles. There’s an owner that’s actually worse than Bob Nutting. (Well? Maybe?) And THAT’s hard to accomplish…

  45. noring4youstill says: Mar 14, 2013 8:05 PM

    If you guys were black and gold then wiz would have named his song so.

  46. Deb says: Mar 14, 2013 8:15 PM

    @jrobitaille23 …

    Wrong. The Steelers do let go of talent. We just don’t do it arbitrarily. The current personnel managment weighs costs v. benefits and decides which players are worth keeping. Obviously Colbert/Khan and company have decided Cortez Allen and future draft picks can handle the corner load, so they were willing to let Keenan Lewis go to the Saints. I trust that decision because Colbert/Khan have a track record worth trusting. That doesn’t mean Lewis isn’t a valuable defensive back and that we wouldn’t all (including LeBeau, Colbert, and Khan) have preferred to keep him if we weren’t up against the cap. The Saints have picked up a fine player.

  47. uptjeff says: Mar 15, 2013 5:34 AM

    Great. There goes our only good long snapper.

  48. ravenator says: Mar 15, 2013 9:05 AM

    And with the first pick in the 2014 draft, the steelers select….

  49. ravenator says: Mar 15, 2013 9:11 AM

    Steeler fans – your team is awful. Does it pain you to know your season is over before it even begins?

  50. woodley56 says: Mar 15, 2013 10:31 AM

    This really makes me upset as a Steeler fan..Loved this kid and even more angry that they brought back Gay..Lewis is 3 times the CB Gay will ever be…May need Jesus on this one.

    Good Luck to you Keenan..really loved you as a Steeler.

  51. woodley56 says: Mar 15, 2013 10:35 AM

    ravenator says:
    Mar 15, 2013 9:11 AM
    Steeler fans – your team is awful. Does it pain you to know your season is over before it even begins?

    ————————————————
    you’re an idiot…like i posted in a prior thread…3 Super Bowl apparences in 6 years, 2 of which we WON and missing the playoffs once in years does not make us awful.
    YOu’re team is imploding…I think you have more worries than the Steelers sweetie.

  52. bobzilla1001 says: Mar 15, 2013 11:10 AM

    andrewprough:
    Glad you straightened out the hockey fan. That guy is so misinformed about Steelers football, he probably works for 93.7 The Fan and the Post-Gazette…
    What I find interesting the past few days is that Steelers fans seem willing to applaud the signing of 35-year-old has-been, hanger-on Burress but never blinked an eye about the release of 35-year-old James Harrison, whose only had a six-year career.
    Harrison, a five-time All-Pro, has only ever signed one major, big-money contract during his brief career in the NFL: The one on which the Steelers reneged last week.
    Burress’ signing is a joke.
    Harrison’s release is a travesity.

  53. woodley56 says: Mar 15, 2013 11:31 AM

    bobzilla1001 says:
    Mar 15, 2013 11:10 AM
    andrewprough:
    Glad you straightened out the hockey fan. That guy is so misinformed about Steelers football, he probably works for 93.7 The Fan and the Post-Gazette…
    What I find interesting the past few days is that Steelers fans seem willing to applaud the signing of 35-year-old has-been, hanger-on Burress but never blinked an eye about the release of 35-year-old James Harrison, whose only had a six-year career.
    Harrison, a five-time All-Pro, has only ever signed one major, big-money contract during his brief career in the NFL: The one on which the Steelers reneged last week.
    Burress’ signing is a joke.
    Harrison’s release is a travesity.
    ———————————————–
    You never read my rant on my FB about Harrison LOL..I”m devasted about this release. Hell you might as well let Troy, Heath and Ben go if Harrison has to go….it IS a travesity..beyond that. The FO better know what they are doing..as far as the Ravens…cry that he’s such a dirty player but mouths water at the chance to pick him up….
    Praying this does not happen and he comes back, Iwant him to retire a Steeler…..
    Burress…I’m on the fence..Wallace needed to go but wish him luck with his $$$$. hope it was worth it.

  54. deliveredbysherpa says: Mar 15, 2013 12:57 PM

    Why on earth didn’t the Patriots go after this guy? Great signing by the NO Saints.

  55. woodley56 says: Mar 15, 2013 1:13 PM

    Pats are going after Sanders….but yes i’m not sure either but losing him makes me very sad

  56. bobzilla1001 says: Mar 15, 2013 7:56 PM

    woodley56:
    Too much time and energy are spent worry about what Ravens fans think. Who cares? They should be ignored.
    Secondly, there’s a segment of Steelers fans out there who believe that as long as the Steelers have Roethlisberger, all is well. Those people are in for a HUGE disappointment.
    In all my years of following the Steelers, I’ve never seen this much purging over a two-year period.
    It’s truly disheartening.

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