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Steelers Free Agent CB Keenan Lewis Signs With Saints


Unrestricted free agent cornerback Keenan Lewis has reportedly signed a five-year, $26 million contract with the New Orleans Saints on Thursday.

“I’m very excited to be able to come back to my hometown,” Lewis said. “Having grown up here I understand the passion that the fans have for the Saints and I’m blessed to be able to have the chance to play in front of them here in the future. I had a great visit with the Saints and am thankful for the time I spent with the Pittsburgh Steelers and wish them continued success.”

Lewis was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the third round of the 2009 draft out of Oregon State. After two disappointing seasons in 2009 and 2010, Lewis started to make a turnaround as he played left outside cornerback in 2011 in the Steelers nickel defense.

In 2012, Lewis had a superb season that resulted in him finishing second in the league in passess defensed. Lewis is from the New Orleans area so it will be a homecoming for him. He will be asked to play cornerback with mostly man responsibilities in the Saints 3-4 defense that new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan is implementing in 2013.

The Steelers have now lost three of their unrestricted free agents this off-season as Mike Wallace signed with the Miami Dolphins on Tuesday and Rashard Mendenhall signed with the Arizona Cardinals on Wednesday.

With Lewis now gone, Cortez Allen will step into the starting spot opposite Ike Taylor. William Gay, who just signed a few weeks ago, will more than likely be the nickel back. The rest of the depth will play itself out in training camp with Curtis Brown, DeMarcus Van Dyke, Josh Victorian and Justin King all battling for roster spots.

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  • Lamarr56

    God Damnit. I’m hearin it was 5 years 26 million 11 guarenteed, HOW DID WE NOT MATCH THAT. We were expecting he would see like 8 million. Are you freaking kidding me.

  • Kevin Gobleck

    God Damn it

  • RW

    Ridiculous. I would have paid him 30 for 5. They better see something in Cortez. Now that ups our draft priority for CB for sure.

  • hergieburbur

    Shit

  • DoctorNoah

    No crying over spilled milk. Now’s the time for Curtis and Cortez to step it up. No better opportunity

  • hergieburbur

    I don’t know if we had the chance, or if we could match the guaranteed part. Depends on the structure.

  • hergieburbur

    I’d be happy enough if Curtis started to look good enough to make it out of camp.

  • Melly

    Dave, have you seen the money numbers for Gradkowski, Johnson, Burress,
    etc?? I’m hearing $1.8 million for Foote, and just under a million for
    Burress! IMO those numbers are too high!!! I would rather they went
    after Myers(TE Oak), Barden(WR NYG), and/or a Q.Groves, Durant, PWheeler
    type LB. Plus Gay got around $1.5 mill if I remember correctly? I just
    know anymore, and its not cuz they went 8-8, etc! I questioned when they
    just cut W.Saunders last yr(thought he had upside) and kept POPE!!!! I
    would be feeling better about our TE situation if we had Saunders w/
    Heath being hurt.

  • hergieburbur

    Doesn’t matter what they see in Cortez, this is still bad. They need two CBs as Ike is on his last legs.

  • Kusko_Ken

    It is unfortunate, but whose to say he didn’t take less $ to play in his hometown?

  • Steelers32

    Think the man wanted out of town, or just to go home.

  • hergieburbur

    The hometown thing, especially with his best friend gone, was probably a factor.

  • burgh_fan

    One would think the Steelers could have made an offer similar to that if they wanted to. So two things at playhere either the Steelers didn’t make an offer like that feeling he wasn’t worth it or Lewis opted to go play with the Saints over the Steelers.

  • hergieburbur

    Unless cap was an issue, I have a hard time thinking they didn’t value him that high. It’s not exactly a blockbuster deal.

  • steeltown

    Jesus… if you woudve told me we wouldve had to match or beat $5.2MIL avg per season.. I’d say done deal

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

    I think the Steelers had about a 4 to 4 and a half million a year number on him if that. It is Cortez’s turn to step up so I am glad he is down here training with Ike Taylor and Tom Shaw.

  • hergieburbur

    Absolutely.

  • RW

    I mean it certainly does matter what they see – they can’t eventually pay two top tier CBs, if that’s what pans out. Not saying that it will, just saying the the Steelers probably factored in Cortez’s upside while also looking at eventual cap space when Cortez is up for a new contract, etc. I couldn’t disagree with you more. I do agree that it is bad, though. I’d have preferred to keep Keenan at the above cost.

  • Kusko_Ken

    he could have taken less money to play in new orleans..

  • steeltown

    Time for an avatar change… going with McLendon for 2013

    {yet another player I hope to not lose via FA}

  • Kevin Gobleck

    Wait till April and sport our 1st round pick

  • TheBlitz

    I don’t believe that theory one bit. The guy went where the money was. No hometown discount. I bet we just didn’t or couldn’t match that offer.

  • Jollyrob68

    Congrats Keenan, Wish you stayed but glad you got paid by your home town.

  • hergieburbur

    One teensy problem with your logic. By the time it would come due to pay Allen, Ike would be retired or cut loose. Ike makes over 6 million a year and counts 9 million per toward the cap for the next two seasons. That would be more than enough to sign Allen, and they already could have matched Lewis’s deal. So I cannot see where you think this makes sense.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    I get the feeling there is more to this than meets the eye. For some reason Tomlin just does not like this guy. (And for some reason Tomlin LOVES Willie Gay, which is a different subject, don’t get me started). LeBeau wouldn’t play him. Colbert didn’t offer him an extension last year. Keenan probably did not feel wanted or appreciated here.

    I’ll admit, I wanted Lewis to stay. I personally would get rid of a lot of old semi-expensive veterans before I let Keenan go. But for some reason the people on the inside see this guy differently than the fans on the outside. (Just like our former TE Wesley Saunders).

  • Jollyrob68

    Do they now need to draft a CB early because Ike is 33?

  • steeltown

    Nope.. I go with players I not only personally like, but ones that have shown tenacity and toughness… they have to earn my avatar spot, ha!

  • hergieburbur

    IF you are right, and it is entirely possible (probable?) that you are, it just reinforces my thought that Tomlin is a bad judge of player talent.

  • Kevin Gobleck

    You should make that a yearly award! lmao

  • hergieburbur

    Either way, they definitely should have beat that offer from NO.

  • phish092274@yahoo.com

    Players you draft should count less against your cap. The system punishes teams that draft well. the salary cap should level the playing field by preventing big market teams from buying (free agency) a winner but not so much from building (draft) a winner.

  • RW

    Because other positions cost money, too. How many teams do you see around the league that have two #1 CBs on their roster and pay them as such? You just don’t see teams investing number one money into the same position. Pass rushers have by and large been the only exception to that rule. You really don’t need two #1 CBs at this point if only because there aren’t many teams with two true #1 receivers (it’s just way too expensive for teams to have two concurrent #1 WR contracts, particularly with a franchise QB contract). Plus, by that time (as you suggest) it will be Allen that will be making that money, not Keenan. You have to spread out your contracts, as well. None of this is as simple as simply displacing one contract to use for one or two more. I hope that clarifies my point.

  • steeltown

    It very well may be, especially if McLendon kills it this season and ultimately gets signed away next offseason…

    …..I dont want to think about it

  • Kevin Gobleck

    well if we keep loosing whoever you put on we might have a little bit of a problem

  • LouPGH

    Cortez looked good last year. Ike will be Ike. Curtis Brown needs to step up this season. We’ll be alright for now, but we’ll be burning another high draft pick on a CB next year unless Brown has a breakout year.

  • steeltown

    touche

  • TsarPepe

    OK, I’ll just come out and say it: the Steelers blew this one. They blew it, pure and simple. Saw the glut of CBs on the market and thought that Keenan will be tossed around on the market and come back with tail between his legs, so that they can save a million or two. Sometimes, when you’re trying to be too cute, you’re left looking like a fool.

  • CrRe

    I know history shows we never draft a CB early, but can we for once increase our chances of one panning out by drafting one early!!! We don’t have time to draft a CB every year in the 3rd and 4th rounds and hope he pans out with Taylor’s age.

    I didn’t want it to come to this, but now that it has, I am rooting for them to draft a CB early, assuming they are not reaching.

    Which 1st round CBs, potentially available at 17 overall, would be a good fit for our scheme? Would X. Rhodes be a good fit? Or D. Trufant?

    I am asking because obviously I haven’t been looking into the CBs, didn’t freaking think we would need to dang draft one early.

  • RW

    Agreed – that’s not number 1 CB money. I just think they probably want to grab a true cover corner in the draft (if they can get one at their current position) and want to see how Allen plays this year and then maybe pay him that money next year (although I personally think they should negotiate with Allen now, if he’s willing, in order to avoid these salary cap and FA problems next year). I agree, though, they should have made a better offer to Lewis. It wasn’t number one CB money and he would have likely played like a number one.

  • Paul

    Everyone listen up, Lewis isn’t that good. I watch every game of the Steelers and nothing impresses me about him at all. Believe me, Cortez Allen is a much better corner then him. In fact, we can get someone else off the streets to play better then him. Don’t get caught up in the hype of the #1 defense crap. This defense was below average last year, but we didn’t play tough competition. Our schedule was very easy. In fact, if it wasn’t for horrible Cassell, we would’ve lost that game too. My dream is to get Nnamdi in the black and Gold. He would be able to press the heck out of the WR’s and have Polamalu and Clark doing their thing. Trust me, I don’t want Lewis back. Way overrated!!!

    PS: Name a CB that has left the Steelers and wasn’t a system player in the last 12 years? Anyone?

  • Kevin Gobleck

    And where was your sign away magic when Mundy had to start….

  • hergieburbur

    News flash, 5.2 million isn’t #1 money for a CB. It is square in the middle of #2 money. More to the point, your entire argument is based upon the premise that it was either Lewis (proven) or Allen (upside), which is a faulty premise. Let me simplify my statements a bit for you. Assuming the cap stays flat (which it won’t), and they matched the Lewis deal, they would have approximately 12 million tied up in their top 2 CBs this year. Next year, in the final year of Ike’s deal, that would go up to about 13 million. Allen would be an RFA, so still no need for a big money contract. The year after that, Ike is not under contract and likely retired, Allen is in a contract year, and even if he gets big money (a big if), it likely is in line with the Ike’s current deal. The paying two guys number 1 CB money is a fictional scenario with little basis in reality.

    If anything, it is Gay’s deal that is the problem in all of this, not Allen’s.

  • steeltown

    That’s the issue with this whole thing.. now, we’ll need to draft another CB… where as before we wouldve been set at that position for years, even after Ike Taylor left… we would have Keenan and Cortez

  • TheBlitz

    Lewis said at the end of last season he wasn’t greedy…I guess the kid was right!

    I would say 5 mil per year is a fair market value for him and a well deserved pay day. The Saints didn’t exactly break the bank for Keenan and one would have only assumed the Steelers were in the hunt to retain his services at that price tag or slightly higher. Too bad he’s gone…

  • steeltown

    Funny thing is.. I used to like Mundy back in 2010.. before I knew better

  • TsarPepe

    Cary Williams, a more than average CB, just got a 3yr/17mil from the Eagles. This averages at more than Lewis’s 5yr deal. I say, the Saints got a bargain.

  • hergieburbur

    You say Lewis isn’t that good (which is wrong), follow it up with your dream is to get Nnamdi, an over-priced, pure man CB, in the Black and Gold zone blitz, and we are supposed to put stock in what you say?

    And Dave already adreses the system player issue, and while it is largely correct: Willie Williams.

  • Dan

    I tend to think we should have matched that (but perhaps we’d have to exceed it to keep him away from his hometown), but apparently the coaches who watched him in practice every day don’t think he’s worth it. With only one season of starting experience it’s hard to say. But I have to wonder, what are we planning for with all that cap money? By giving Colon the June designation we’re putting a lot of dead money in 2014 in order to open space in 2013. I’m guessing even after Foster, Foote, etc, we’re still $5-7 mil under? Way more than is needed for the rookie draft class. What are we planning? Maybe a little reserve is reasonable in case Hampton or Starks want to make a very friendly deal, but I wouldn’t think we’d be ready to sign either of those until later this summer. Hmmm…

  • hergieburbur

    Allen is an RFA next year, so they have plenty of time to negotiate. IF you are right on that strategy though, it sucks. Especially at DB, rookies struggle in Lebeau’s defenses. To let Lewis walk for a potential draft pick would be folly.

  • LouPGH

    Oh, I would have preferred to keep Lewis. I’m just saying there are a few different ways the situation could play out, and — hopefully — the effects of losing Lewis won’t be immediate. Brown could step up. Maybe Van Dyke will come around. If we have to spend another draft pick, they ought to look for a guy like Allen; that experiment seems to have worked out well.

  • TheBlitz

    Paul,

    Why didn’t you say this about Keenan months ago when the season ended ? If you did I apologize.

  • hergieburbur

    Personally, I have little hope for Brown to step up, but then Lewis was lost for years too until Lake worked his magic, so there is always a chance.

  • Paul

    Please don’t throw Willie Williams out there as if he balled out! He was ok at best. Nnamdi isn’t a dominate player throughout his years in the league, then all of a sudden falls face down. Its the horrible coverage game that they had in Philly. Trust me, his best attributes are bump and run, which he does pretty well. Can you imagine him jamming the WR’s, then having Woodley, Worilds, Clark and Polamalu attacking the QB? Sick! That’s his game. Lewis may turn out to be good, but I just don’t see it. If Nnamdi does sign with the Niners as they are reporting, he will have a monster year. Throw in the fact that Nnamdi, Tomlin and I are in the same frat, I would love to see this move! Lol

  • steeltown

    Agreed

    I think the Colon designation will be used to sign the rookie draft class… and I guess we could still bring back Will Allen and Starks for depth… but who knows

  • hergieburbur

    2.2 million dollar 2013 cap hit on his new deal. We could easily have afforded that. Either we blew it or he wanted to go home.

  • walter mason

    This was the secret he tweeted. Can they get away with that?

  • TheBlitz

    We blew it!

    I don’t believe the hometown discount crap!

  • hergieburbur

    Williams was more than a system CB. That’s what you asked for, that’s what you got.

    “Can you imagine him jamming the WR’s, then having Woodley, Worilds, Clark and Polamalu attacking the QB?”

    God I hope not, that would leave the entire middle of the field open.

    Nnamdi is a pure man CB. We don’t play man. We rarely play bump and run. They aren’t going to break the bank for a guy coming off of a terrible season that doesn’t even fit the defense we run. Not going to happen. Not to mention we don’t even have the cap space for it if we did want him.

  • Paul

    CrRe, believe me, I feel your pain. I hate the fact that we keep drafting corners every year in the 4th and 5th rounds, then deem them as “project players”. Get out of here. Draft a dag on corner who’s an athlete that can start this year. There are plenty of corners this year. Plenty that can contribute immediately. Trufant’s brother is a pure athlete and probably will go in the 1st. Move back in the 1st and get more draft picks. We need a young safety as well. For a team who swears by building through the draft, we never have multiple draft picks in the early rounds. We always have multiple 6th or 7th round picks. How many of those guys actually make it? Bringing back Gay isn’t the answer in the secondary. He was horrible with us 2 years ago. Horrible! Aaron Rodgers loved throwing to him and McFadden in the bowl game. He’s a decent #4 CB at best. We need an athlete at corner. Period!

  • PoKey21

    This one hurts. Even going back to last year and loosing Ward and Farrior didnt hurt this much. This is a way bigger loss for the Steelers than Harrison, Wallace, and Mendenhall combined. I was thinking we would still have another 2 year window to contend for a SB. But with all the losses piling up I think the rebuilding has started early. This is kind of like it was at the turn of the century. We started with a solid Offensive line foundation, built the Defense piece by piece, and snagged Ben in the draft and it gave us a couple Super Bowl victories. Looks like we are in for a 3-5 year window of putting the pieces together again.

  • Kevin Gobleck

    hmm there is something fishy here i think this avatar thing of yours is bad luck.

  • hergieburbur

    “Draft a dag on corner who’s an athlete that can start this year.”

    You don’t understand Lebeau’s defense at all do you? Troy is as good an athlete as you will ever see in the secondary and even he couldn’t start as a rookie. Yes, Lebeau was not the DC that year but we still ran the same D scheme. The scheme is too complex for these kids to adjust to in one year. Coaches and players have said it over and over through the years.

  • Guest

    I do think that LeBeau’s defense is more complex, but add to that the fac that LeBeau seems to have a phobia about playing younger talent. To the point that he is anal about it.

    For example, if they were to draft a CB early, I would say he could play nickel and still be better than Gay, but that won’t happen because of LeBeau’s tendency to play the veteran.

  • Paul

    The Blitz, please believe me, I’ve said this to everyone who listens. Lol. I just started commenting on this page. Literally just started 2 days ago. It’s the system with Lebeau. Nobody does anything anywhere else. Hence the reason McFadden and Gay got cut after their first years with the Cardinals. Horrible Man to Man cover corners can’t work in this passing league. We need a fast, pure athlete to play corner next to Ike and Allen. The Gay pickup just bothers me so much. What a bum!

  • hergieburbur

    Gay is a solid, if not slightly above average, nickel CB. He is terrible outside, but he is good enough to play the 3 spot for most teams.

  • hergieburbur

    Tomlin has that same tendency, which doesn’t help, but I think it goes both ways. I think he is anal about it because of lessons learned, but it causes problems as well. Gay is a solid nickel guy as long as that is all he is asked to do.

  • Paul

    The fact that all you can name is Williams is troubling enough. Half of the people who follow the Steelers don’t even remember who he is. Lol. You would’ve been better off saying Deshea Townsend. Lol. Which points to my statement all together. We have a pure Lebeau system that is run in Pitt. Lewis wasn’t a pure athlete. Let me explain what I mean by pure athlete, because obviously you’re not understanding. Rodgers-Cromartie, Antonio Cromartie, Revis, Vontae Davis just to name a few. I’m not saying that we need Revis, I’m just saying that we need a pure cover corner because of the way the league is structured now. I’m tired of seeing the corners play 3-5 yards back everytime in that silly coverage. It only worked when Polamalu was extremely healthy, which he isn’t anymore. Polamalu made that whole defense look 100 times better then it actually was. Give us Nnamdi or someone similar that can flat out play man to man coverage, and you’ll see this defense explode this year. That’s all we needed in the past too. Lock down one side of the field and let Polamalu do his dag on thing. Period!

  • Paul

    Lol. Hergieburbur, now I’m officially done going back and forth with you. Anyone who believes Gay can play at all, just doesn’t understand football. No disrespect intended, but I don’t like that guy. Not off the field, but his play is extremely poor on the field. Even when he jumps a route, he still can’t catch the ball. He’s slow, short and isn’t physical. This league is built on making plays to turn a game around. Keenan, along with our whole defense don’t create turnovers and haven’t done so for 2 years straight. Last year we barely had a INT toward the last game of the season if I recall correctly and that was by Clark. This year it took forever for us to get a pick. #1 defense my butt! We need a true athlete. Period. You make your name off of turnovers, not batted balls!

  • http://www.amazon.com/The-Sibyl-Reborn-ebook/dp/B009KNQHSM James P. Kelly

    I suspect the front office is beginning to tumble to the fact that they can’t keep fighting for cap space year after year. They need to spend top money where it MUST be spent, on a franchise QB, but after that everything is relative. Too many five-year, $50M contracts (or more expensive ones) can quickly choke-off the team’s ability to field a balanced personnel package.

  • hergieburbur

    Sigh. You are stuck on the Williams thing even though I started out agreeing with you.

    You persist in showing that you do not understand the “pure Lebeau system” as you put it, at all. The entire POINT of the system is that it does not require “athletes” in the traditional CB mold at all, thus freeing up the higher draft picks and cap hits required to get those players for other positions. The proof is in the pudding, so to speak. Of the CBs we’ve had in recent years, Ike is the only one that truly qualifies as an athlete, yet the defense overall has ranked very highly against the pass more often than not. Whether Lewis is a pure athlete or not means nothing. He fit the scheme, was a good CB in OUR system, and had value to US. What he does elsewhere is irrelevant to how he played here. In fact, he is both far cheaper and a better fit than several of the “Athletes” you listed. Cromartie would be terrible in Lebeau’s defense. Davis not much better. Revis could play in anything, but he is the best CB in the game. DRC would probably be ok but not spectacular. Shutdown CB is not a true need in our defense. The most we need is a guy that can cover the number one on the times we play some hybrid man, which is not very often and which Lewis showed he is able to do last year covering A.J. Green.

  • hergieburbur

    I was just reading an article about how the “must spend on a franchise QB” mentality is harming a lot of teams with respect to their cap numbers and veteran depth.

  • RW

    For sure, but to your earlier point, having 12 mil a year tied up in two CBs is not chump change, especially when you restructure like the steelers do. I agree that Ike will retire, etc, but I think there are additional factors at play: 1) they see more upside in Cortez Allen (for whatever reason) and 2) all of the restructures have tied their hands. I’m not saying that you aren’t right to suggest that Keenan should have been signed, particularly for that money, but the organization obviously didn’t feel the same way. The only other alternative is that Lewis didn’t want to play for the Steelers moving forward. Even if the latter were the scenario, you’d have to think that money ultimately talks. And another thing – I’m not sold on the organization continuing their RFA approach (there was an article on this only a few days ago on this very site). They have to start betting on the talent that they recruit by negotiating after the 3rd year (minimum permissible time per the new CBA) with their rookies from here on out. We simply cannot lose our own groomed talent for what seems like pennies due to our inability to navigate the salary cap. I know this is hard with a franchise QB (look at what’s happening in Baltimore), but you have to think that ultimately, having to shell out 10-15 mil a year for two CBs is tough for our organization given our ever-pressing ‘salary cap hell’ year in and year out. Even if the salary cap shoots up to a much higher level, the Steelers may have squandered that on future cap hits from previous years’ contracts. I’m just saying you can’t ignore the tight situation we’re in. 5 million may work this season, but in 2 or 3 seasons, when Ben’s contract counts 25 mil against the cap, 5 million is all of a sudden a lot of money to pay two CBs. I firmly believe that they’re placing their bets on Cortez, otherwise Lewis wouldn’t have been let go so easily (plus, as you suggest, there is a period over which Cortez will not count that much against the cap). Here’s what it could potentially have looked like with lewis:

    Year 1: Lewis – 5 mil, Cortez, 1 mil (these are order of magnitude estimates only, I don’t know the exact figures)
    Year 2: Lewis – 5 mil, Cortez, 2 mil
    Year 3: Lewis – 5 mil, Cortez 5 mil (this is when restructures start to hurt us)

    This is why I suggest that having 2 CBs make this much money is foolish, when there are bound to be other positions that require that money. I think they’re thinking was letting Lewis walk saves a bunch of money over the next two years and allows them to invest in a true number one corner after Ike leaves. I believe that makes the most sense.

  • hergieburbur

    You can go on your impressions, I stick with the numbers. One of those things doesn’t lie.

  • Paul

    Cut the crap with sometime being too difficult to adjust to. If you’re smart and an athlete, you can play. Anything is better then Gay, even if you mess up 50% of the time. Please! Maybe it’s time for a new DC then. Other times don’t seem to have a problem playing young guys on defense and it works out pretty fine to me. You just don’t know Lebeau defense. I know he’s anal about doing that, but this is a different time right now in the league. This isn’t the 70′s buddy. Rookies actually do play now if he haven’t noticed. It’s just our silly thinking that rookies can’t play. Polamalu didn’t necessarily play his rookie year, because frankly he’s never been a cover safety. Had he ben Ed Reed in his rookie year, then maybe so, but that’s just talking nonsense at this point. You bring in a true man to man cover corner and let Polamalu use his instincts to make plays.

  • hergieburbur

    Having 12 million in two CBs isn’t all that much if you look around the league. Lewis’ deal in NO only counts 2.2 mill against the cap this year, which is hardly a bit hit. It would have been 1.72 for us, extremely manageable. Ike is the one with the big hits. 9 mil this year and I think 9.5 next year. I agree they see more upside in Allen than Lewis (I think most people do), but that still leaves them looking for a number two if/when Allen becomes the number 1. They could have avoided all that without screwing up their cap hell predicament all that much by retaining Lewis.

    Keep in mind the article on the RFA approach wasn’t on how the approach isn’t working so much as how they need to get away from it because it will be unusable going forward.

  • hergieburbur

    You are right, lets pays tons of money to bring in guys that don’t fit our defense. That has historically worked out fantastically in Washington, Philly, Cleveland, Miami, Buffalo…

    I don’t know how I ever doubted your almighty understanding of the game.

    And by the way, how many rookie DBs have even played well in their limited PT with the Steelers? Or are you too stuck on thinking that defense is generic and all the same to understand the ramifications of that?

  • Paul

    Your numbers are full of tackles and batted balls. Show me picks, which is what really matters. Dag on batted balls isn’t anything to me. Make a play on the ball. Turnovers is what this league is made of. If you can make turnovers in the big games, you’re a true player, if not, well, you’re considered Willie Williams! Lol

  • hergieburbur

    Picks are only part of the game. Pts allowed, first downs, TOP allowed are just as dag on important. You are blinded by one stat. By the big play, and incapable of seeing the game as a whole. Stick to your arm chair, fantasy football analyses.

  • Kenneth Wilt

    Well, this sucks, but I understand it. I think it was a business decision by the Steelers. They feel Gay can be the #3 guy. The money spent here can be used some place else. I won’t cry over spilled milk.

  • http://www.amazon.com/The-Sibyl-Reborn-ebook/dp/B009KNQHSM James P. Kelly

    Yes, I imagine that’s true! For the time being, though, what can they do as long as other teams are paying the Joe Flacco’s of the world Peyton Manning and Tom Brady figures?

  • http://www.facebook.com/bob.shoemaker.520 Bob Shoemaker

    While I consider it unlikely, perhaps they’re thinking that they can get someone they have rated higher (is capable of actually catching a ball once in a while) for the same money they had figured for Lewis since it is such a buyer’s market for corners.

    Still, I have to say I’m surprised. Given what decent corners have been coming away with in recent years I would have thought getting Lewis locked up for 5 years at anything under $6mil/year and 10ish guaranteed would have been a workable deal.

    At this point I think locking up Lake long term is probably the biggest need on defense.

  • RW

    Oh yeah, I understood the article. Regardless, RFA is not an option moving forward. And I completely agree with you, but they have to have a reason for doing this and this is the only plausible one that I could come up with, otherwise it looks like we were sleeping on the job. I also wish there wasn’t a need to go out and grab a CB now, because literally everyone else on our roster outside of Lewis and Taylor are liabilities. Taylor is my favorite player, but even I recognize that he’s starting to become a liability when he’s out on an island. I hope that they know what they’re doing.

  • SteelSpine

    That was exactly my thoughts, I didn’t know $5 mil per year is too high.

  • hergieburbur

    For one thing, we all better pray that the glimpses we see of Allen are a sign of things to come, and not just glimpses. Either way though, I have a feeling this falls under either sleeping on the job, or Lewis picking his hometown over near equal money. We will probably never know what they Steelers offered, if anything.

  • hergieburbur

    I think we are actually in better shape than most in that respect. One of the key things mentioned was, looking at Flacco’s contract, Ryan, Rogers, Stafford and even Romo could end up taking 20% of their teams’ cap space or more. Ben’s contract looks cheap compared to that.

  • SteelSpine

    Haheh. Great idea because I agree with go ahead do a multi-year for McLendon. Giving McLendon a multi-year seems lower risk than players the Steelers have signed to multi-year deals in the past. This one (McClendon) hasn’t been injured, hasn’t shown up to camp too overweight, he’s been steady instead of any head-case, hasn’t tried to run people over (that we know of), hasn’t skipped showing up at games when he probly wouldn’t play, in interviews was humble saying the right things. Still every player is a risk, but holy cow this guy has shown to be not likely as high risk as others we had signed.

  • SteelSpine

    I hope Cortez doesn’t play out his last year & do same thing. So re-do Cortez contract now for a decent multi-year deal before season starts if allowed by the CBA (I forget if have to wait longer). Otherwise Cortez might be hoping for free agency too.

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    I like lewis but I agree there are others that can dp and maybe catch a few

  • Paul

    Fantasy Football Analyses? Lol. Have you ever played top level ball or even played for your community? Lol. You think you’re so smart because of batted balls? Lol. You’re a clown and obviously an out of shape clown. Don’t throw disrespect if you aren’t ready to deal with the repercussions. Take from that what you will. You post on everyones comments as if you’re the football guru. #Clown

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

    Ahhh, big deal. He had one career interception, and I also wouldn’t classify his last season as superb. New Orleans’ defense will expose him for exactly who he is. A solid but unspectacular corner, and the Steelers were right not to pay him what he wanted. Watch Cortez ball this year. The kid deserved a starting spot and he’s gonna shine in it. This opens the door for a 1st round cornerback in the draft too.

  • hergieburbur

    Ad hominem? Really? All the sudden you think you know me? I don’t think I am a guru, I don’t have to. I am just aware that I know more than you about football. Most people here do.

  • steeltown

    Agreed.
    C.Brown and Van Dyke have upside.. Brown is a tackling machine, while Van Dyke is a speed demon… I havent given up on either just yet

  • steeltown

    crazy huh.. the market was flooded and it lowered the price on all DB’s… yet we still lost him

  • steeltown

    Right. This guy has been released and re-signed to and from the practice squad several times over the years… now he’s a tenacious beast! At first they said he didnt weigh enough at 285lbs to be a NT in a 3-4, well now he’s almost 320lbs and dude is strong. Every time I see him on the field I see positives. Think about this, McLendon had 2sacks last season with limited snaps and by limited I mean almost none.. Hampton hasnt had more than 1 since ’09.. McLendon had a forced fumble last year too

    In the end, I think I just like the success stories, kind of like James Harrison or Ryan Clark or even Ramon Foster.. I love when guys have to claw their way to the top from the practice squad.. I think it makes them play differently and appreciate the game alittle more then the next guy

  • charles

    LeBeau’s D is too complicated. Result is we get we only get Lewis for one year. The Steelers are heading the way of the Pirates. The management sucks. Starting with giving fat Woodley way too much, then the Wallace Brown fiasco, bringing Gay back, and on and on. Colbert better have a very good draft AND LeBeau has to have a simpler defensive scheme so that rookies can play. I offer the Seahawks as an example: they had 3 of the top 10 rookies which gave them the ability to go get some FAs to fill the holes. The hell with the past football philosophies, the NFL has changed and unlike the fans, the players have no loyalties. DeCastro will also leave when hi s 4 years are up. He is going to Seattle too. I have never seen the likes of all these players leaving and I think the Steelers need the immaculate draft, Lake as DC, and a careful eye on Colbert or we are in danger of becoming bottom feeders again!

  • charles

    I forgot to mention Foote, maybe the worst linebacker since the Heismanwinner from Oklahoma. If we take the Teo clown the Steelers fans better go get some grocery bags.

  • charles

    We are deep at CB. Corners can’t cover forever, we need pressure on the QB

  • charles

    Football players are not rocket scientists, if we don’t simplify we are in deep do

  • charles

    You are spot on.Colbert may be the problem: Wallace Brown, Woodley, Gay, Foote.

  • charles

    Golden may be a very nice surprise

  • mokhkw

    To keep things in perspective, if Taylor & Allen are better players than K.Lewis then we’ve just lost our Nickel DB. Sure, I would have preferred to keep him, but it’s not like we just lost Rod Woodson. Movin’ on.

  • charles

    That is right, Colbertlist continues to grow: Wallace/Brown,, Woodley, Gay, Foote, and Saunders, AND he kept Rainey and Taamu.

  • charles

    Shit squared.

  • mokhkw

    He’s fine as a Nickel DB, if he wasn’t, how did he end up getting a chance to start for the Steelers and then get signed as a starter by the Cards?

  • steeltown

    Woah woah.. what do you mean by that? I dont think Colbert is the problem… the problem is we overpaid to keep our SB Team together for another run and those vet players were all contracted one year too long (except Keisel and Clark)

  • steeltown

    I agree.. the kid can play.. he’s just very young and needs some grooming and some more experience. He could very well be Clarks replacement

  • Shannon Stephenson

    This is BS….I’m so P/O’d I do not know what to think on what we are doing!!!

  • Chris92021

    When we signed William Gay, the writing was officially on the wall for Keenan Lewis. I wish he came back and for the price he signed with the Saints, I am a bit confused. However, our current cap situation still needs a bit more work and Lewis was no longer in our plans. I think we are definitely drafting a CB next month because I don’t trust Curtis Brown to do anything except play special teams.

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