Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Keenan Lewis is set to be an unrestricted free agent come Tuesday evening and already it has been reported that he has the interest of the Cleveland Browns, which is not surprising being as their new defensive coordinator is Ray Horton, Lewis\’ former defensive backs coach in Pittsburgh.
On Saturday Josina Anderson from ESPN talked to Lewis and she asked him what his expectations are for free agency.
“I\’m just waiting in the wind until Tuesday to see if the Steelers or another team will be willing to get one the best young corners in the league on their team,” Lewis said. “I feel as though I am one of the best.”
Lewis certainly has the right attitude as there is nothing wrong with being sure of yourself. The Steelers former third round draft pick said last May that 2012 was going to be a big year for him and he was right. In his first full season as a starter Lewis was tested quite a bit and finished the season with 23 passes defensed, which ranked him second in the league behind Richard Sherman, who considers Lewis to be one of the top young cornerbacks in the game.
The only real drawback on Lewis is his lack of interceptions. He didn\’t record any last season and only has one in his career. Lewis also has a lot of company in the cornerback free agent market this year, which could hold his market value down as a result.
Despite the competition, Lewis doesn\’t figure to have to wait in the wind long. His future will likely be decided with the first 96 hours of free agency. Hopefully the winds wind up blowing him back to Pittsburgh, but it will only take one team willing to overpay for him to blow right out of the Steel City.