The new league year is now underway and news is breaking right and left as expected. One former Pittsburgh Steelers player is in the news Tuesday as it is being reported that cornerback Keenan Lewis is possibly wanting to get away from the New Orleans Saints.
According to ESPN NFL Nation reporter Mike Triplett, Lewis says he wants the Saints to guarantee the final three years of deal or let him go because he’s not feeling safe or happy with team being broken apart. Lewis signed a five-year, $25.55 million contract with the Saints in 2013. If the Saints were to trade or cut the Oregon State product, it would result in a dead money charge of $6.9 million in 2015 after restructuring his contract last offseason.
On top of everything else, just heard from #Saints CB Keenan Lewis, says he wants team to guarantee final three years of deal or let him go.
— Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) March 10, 2015
Lewis is due a base salary in 2015 of $1.8 million in addition to a $700,000 roster bonus.
I’m sure many of you are wondering if the Steelers would be willing to trade for him and with good reason. I guess it all depends on if indeed the Saints are willing to trade him and what they would be looking for in the way of compensation.
If the Saints would be willing to take a third or fourth round pick from this year in exchange for Lewis, I could see that happening as Lewis’s salary in 2015 would be very easy to accommodate. It will also buy the Steelers some time to groom a draft pick or two.
The Steelers originally drafted Lewis in the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft.
This story is certainly worth monitoring.