Keenan Lewis Contract Details Start To Emerge

The details of the five-year, $26.3 million contract that former Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Keenan Lewis signed with the New Orleans Saints on Thursday are starting to emerge.

Lewis reportedly received a $6 million signing bonus and his 2013 base salary is $1 million. If those numbers hold true, Lewis will have a 2013 cap hit of $2.2 million.

The base salary of Lewis in 2014 seems likely to be $3.5 million, which would put his cap number that year at roughly $4.7 million.

It sounds as if the Saints guaranteed the first two years and of course this signing bonus. That is not surprising.

So could the Steelers have afforded to give Lewis that same deal? In a word, yes. It would have only used roughly another $1.72 million in cap space after displacement. Even less if they cut cornerback Justin King and his $715,000 salary.

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  • walter mason

    Keenan was one of only a few bright spots last year. He even played well injured.

  • Tom

    Very disappointed that the Steelers let him walk, when they could have made the same deal. I understood letting Wallace walk….don’t get this at all.

  • zyzak

    Steelers must have felt they couldn’t match or they are planning to add other players. Rooney says this year not unlike others with changes. Good thing they signed Gay before others

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    They intentionally let keenan lewis walk. Why resign lewis, then sign your other better cornerback in cortez allen to even bigger contract? This would have gave us hell cap for next few years. The steelers knew what they were getting themselves into. This is the best outcome; as next season we are very likely to retain z. Hood.

  • zyzak

    They still have to find a TE Safety and RB in free agency

  • JT

    Ravens and Steelers are obviously both dogging it for Clowney.

  • alex

    yes, the cloud of conjecture and prognostication is over…

    mr secret had a presigned preFA deal with the Saints, he chose going home over the Steelers…totally understandable…So…dont you really like the Guy signing now!?

  • hergieburbur

    Only problem with that is that Ike’s big contract comes off the books as Allen’s goes on, so no likely net change in the cap there.

    And I doubt they had the unimpressive Hood in mind when not retaining Lewis.

  • hergieburbur

    But Lewis was the most important FA, either internal or incoming, that they were going to negotiate with this year and they let him walk over a marginal cap number.

  • Chris S

    One of the many times you’d like to know whats going on behind closed doors!

  • Nolrog

    This is disappointing.

  • Nolrog

    Because there are two cornerback positions. One is manned by a guy, who’s playing well, but will also be 33 years old.

  • Eric MacLaurin

    Wow. Kenan Lewis or Gay and King and the Steelers choose Gay and King?

    I’m not sure I like what that says.

  • Kusko_Ken

    Maybe they are planning on moving up and getting Leon Sandcastle?

  • CrRe

    He’d be better than dang Gay!

  • walter mason

    I agree who cares about Hood?

  • Superdriller316

    We don’t know what really happened. He could have gotten the offer and never went back to the Steelers to see if they would match or better the deal. I see the Steelers position of not putting a price tag on him form the get go. Why pay more than needed and the going rate wasn’t that high for non shut down corners. You have to look at these things too: Mike Wallace isn’t here any more, they went to school together. He’s from that area, and is playing more than half his games inside. Keenan knocked down a lot of passes, but I want someone who can catch the ball not knock it down. Keenan just did show some improvement after 3 years, Allen is showing improvement after 2 years.

  • Kevin Gobleck

    As we speak Cortez is down training with Ike and Tom Shaw. that makes me feel a little bit better

  • Clint Martin

    Deon could still be better than alot of guys!

  • Clint Martin

    I saw Lewis turned down more money from an undisclosed team to go to Saints.

  • Jazz

    Ziggy Hood? Hell No!

  • Clint Martin

    Here goes, Xavier Rhodes Florida State 1st round!! LOL

  • http://www.facebook.com/jared.deitrich Jared Deitrich

    I love how everyone is freaking out about losing a guy who has one career int in 4 years everyone should stop acting like there a gm and just let the Steelers do what they do best build a good team and win.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Wilkes420 Christopher Wilkes

    Amazing! How did you read the minds of Steelers management so well? I’m sure comparing these three cornerbacks is exactly how they determined wether to sign Lewis or not. Amazing!

  • http://www.facebook.com/aric.brown.52 Aric Brown

    you need to compare ziggy hoods stats to aaron smiths… they are not that far off… IMO ziggy hood was never given a fair shot… aaron smith is an unsung hero and ziggy hood was not a big drop off from that

  • http://www.facebook.com/Wilkes420 Christopher Wilkes

    Yup. I agree.

  • Busforever

    To keep Lewis, Lewis had to want it. Maybe the Steelers offered a better contract. But you have to understand that if he has to chose between 2 good chunks of money, Lewis can just be happy to come back to his hometown. Some personal consideration can make a difference. Maybe he just asked himself ”where do I want to live for the next 5 years?”, and his response was in the south.

  • steeltown

    I think Rhodes is going Tampa in the 1st Rd… unless they land Revis

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Not sure if that was a joke or not. But I think it’s a real possibility. He can play CB or FS.

  • steeltown

    Disappointing, yes, I was one of the biggest sign K.Lewis advocates, BUT onward we go… we have Ike and Cortez working out together in Orlando with Tom Shaw, we signed Gay who knows the system and had a great season before he departed for AZ, C.Brown and Van Dyke are projects for Coach Lake… and I guess we’ll be drafting a CB at some point in the upcoming draft…. more than anything its time for C.Brown to turn the proverbial corner

    To be honest, I’m still more concerned with the Safety depth than the CB depth

  • hergieburbur

    I think he meant that Gay and King’s salaries combined would have covered Lewis’ for this year. But I could be wrong.

  • Jeff

    Who did not intercept many passes.

  • hergieburbur

    Which changes nothing about my assertion. Interceptions are not everything. Ike has never had many interceptions and has always been an underrated CB.

  • steeltown

    Agreed

  • hergieburbur

    Stats are an extremely poor indicator of a 3-4 DEs play. What made Smith so great rarely showed up in the stat sheet. Of course, the stats aren’t as close as you might think either. Smith had as many sacks in his second season as a starter as Hood has in his career, and almost as many tackles in his third season alone as Hood has in his career.

  • hergieburbur

    Shhh, you aren’t allowed to say anything positive about Gay here.

  • CW

    I don’t believe the team let Lewis walk. There’s been some rumors around this deal that Lewis took at hometown deal to go to the Saints. So is it possible the Steelers could have resigned him? Yes. But it’s also possible that he wanted a lot more from Pittsburgh to stay. Maybe enough that him staying would have hurt the team elsewhere. Especially seeing as we about have to find a solid backup tight end to play starter for the first half of the year since Heath Miller will likely be out until then.

  • steeltown

    Pouncey, Hood, McLendon, an extension for Ben, possibly Worilds, Sanders and Dwyer… lots to think about after 2013
    Everyone dogging Hood.. you realize we’ve had the #1 and #8 and #2 run defense over the last three seasons while Hood and Keisel manned the sides and thats with Woodley and Harrison struggling with injury. He’s a solid player, its probably a good thing that he’s not blowing up the stat sheets with sacks, then we wouldnt be able to afford him come contract time, ha!

  • hergieburbur

    It is very possible, even probable, that it would take more from the Steelers to sign him than from the Saints. That doesn’t make it easier to swallow. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/jared.deitrich Jared Deitrich

    Yeah this is how the Steelers work they build through the draft and when the players cost too much they replace them and do a damm good job so people should quit bitching and just let the Steelers do there thing.

  • http://twitter.com/softdrums Shea Fahr

    True but having someone like Cortez Allen to step up and actually be able to catch the ball creating INTs does make it a bit easier to swallow.

  • hergieburbur

    We haven’t done as great as our reputation lately. With Colon being cut, there is not a single player from either the 2006 or 2008 drafts, and only Hood and D. Johnson remain from the 09 draft. That is not good. Thankfully the 2007 and 2010 drafts have been pretty good to help offset them.

  • hergieburbur

    He’s solid yes, but unimpressive given his draft status. Just my opinion.

  • steeltown

    Ha!
    It’s true though

  • hergieburbur

    Never let the truth get in the way of opinion, have you learned nothing from the internet? :)

  • LouPGH

    Well, in fairness, not discussing the merits of their decisions would sort of defeat the purpose of a message board…

  • LouPGH

    and sports radio, and ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPN 3, ESPN U, ESPN De Portes, and the NFL Network…

  • steeltown

    Boy isnt that the truth, ha!

  • LouPGH

    That’s it. You’re both out of the club.

  • SteelerDave

    Agree

  • CW

    Admittedly so. However like I said, the team probably wanted to resign him, but might have not been in a position to do so on anywhere near favorable terms.

  • SteelerDave

    Lewis at best is another Taylor, solid in coverage but not one who will ever have many interceptions. Solid cover guy? Yes. Worth the kind of money he got after only one season of being a solid starter? NO.

    I will take Cortez over Lewis any day and expect to see him signed long term soon. We do need to draft a CB now to groom as for whatever reason Brown has been a disappointment.

  • hergieburbur

    I was agreeing with you.

  • BoomDizzle

    This team is making poor decisions…I just don’t get it.

  • JohnnyV1

    Such a shame. Like I wrote in another post on this site, back in 2001 they gave Chad Scott and Dwayne Washington both 5yr $25 million deals before training camp broke, and neither was any better than Keenan Lewis. Gonna be some lean years coming our way.

  • SteelerDave

    Give Ziggy a break, he is not dominant but he is solid. He works out in an impressive manner. In the right system he could well be a star.

  • hergieburbur

    I think he fits the 4-3 better than the 3-4. I think he was picked when Tomlin was still considering switching.

  • steeltown

    I could agree with that.. for a 1st Rd pick he hasnt been overly flashy, but dont forget he was picked 32nd overall, thats almost a 2nd Rd pick, ha!

    All kidding aside, he’s very dependable, I could see him playing and playing well for years upon years.. and we shouldnt have to break the bank to retain his services

  • hergieburbur

    True, I always tell people to consider 32 the first second round pick value wise. I should take my own advice.

  • Pete

    If they could’ve afforded to sign Lewis then why didn’t they? I mean that’s what the market paid him. I’ve rarely seen the Steelers pay market rates except for a few positions. He was paid very similar to what most of the corners are getting in this FA period.

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    Are you sure, sir? As the problem with lack of production front 7 is mainly due to scheme itself. The day we adopt the “one-gap attack” I guarantee you our d-linemen will overproduce. We are stuck with players perfect for different scheme, that’s on Colbert and he know it.

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    Business is business. Ike was OUR first #1 cornerback of the decade. Now let that sink in your head… we now have the luxury of not still having Ike Taylor but also Cortez Allen to step up. Not very many teams can say this. Think about that for a bit.

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    I’m positive they are going to address safety and rb in late rounds. Way I see it; wr/te is a top priority. BPA of those positions. I expect 2nd round to be a nose tackle, Jesse Williams come to mind and if not, probably other weapon. We gotta grab a nose tackle in either rounds of 2nd and 3rd, brandon williams is a small-school prospect with potential. Offensive lineman also will belong in top 4 rounds. You can get a good safety in 5th, maybe 6th and I have a guy just for that. His name is Shamarko Thomas. A Bob Sanders 2.0.

  • TsarPepe

    I think we should stop pretending that the Steelers always “know what they’re doing” and “get it right.”
    No, that’s not the case, they screw up, and they’ve screwed up more in
    recent years. Lewis is a classic case. They released Harrison to free up
    money, and what is this money for? Obviously, for mediocrities like
    Gradkowski, Kellen Davis, and Victor Hunter. Yeah, we should all shut up, because they’re always right!

  • http://twitter.com/NeffRn Randy Neff

    The Steelers needs corners who have ball skills and can cover. Lewis hasn’t shown he can make picks.

  • Eric MacLaurin

    Thank you for assuming the obvious math. I’m always puzzled by people who jump to the dumbest possible conclusion.

  • hergieburbur

    I really have no idea what you are trying to get at. I can only assume you are irrationally bashing Ike?

  • SteelerDave

    I agree. Once Dick is gone due to age and retirement we might just make the switch. Hood to me is a 4-3 DT. Heyward is a 4-3 DE. McLendon is a 4-3 DT. Only true 3-4 DE we have is the beard. Problem is that we LBs for a 3-4 who would not adjust well to a 4-3. Maybe I am just wanting days of old but I do feel we could be quite fearsome if we ever did go back.

  • hergieburbur

    I think it depends on who gets the DC job after Lebeau. If it is indeed Butler I think they stay int he 3-4 as he is a disciple. If it is someone else, I think they likely go 4-3. Woodley I think could play 4-3 DE, but I agree Timmons is the only LB we have that I think fits the 4-3 LB position at all.

  • CW

    I understood that. Just emphasizing the point.

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    No man, when we had ike taylor blossoming, he was the best cornerback we had since rod woodson, steelers FO weren’t going to let that slip away. With Keenan Lewis, its a different situation because we already have Cortez Allen who is likely to be better.

  • Fu-Schnickens

    Most Joe Schmoes pulled right off the street could match up with William Gay. I can’t freaking believe that he’s “the nickel guy”. Whoever’s got the bong, please pass it my way….I need to get myself off of this ledge.

  • Fu-Schnickens

    The guy that should be there with bells on is Curtis Brown….

  • Fu-Schnickens

    “…just let the Steelers do what they do best – build a good team and win.” Oh, right….like the great offensive lines they’ve built the last 3 or 4 years? Or maybe the great running backs they’ve groomed recently? And I won’t even touch that hot burner titled “win”….they were 8-8 last year.