Saints, CB Keenan Lewis agree to terms on 5-year contract

Saints, CB Keenan Lewis agree to terms on 5-year contract

Credit: (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Keenan Lewis #23 of the Pittsburgh Steelers breaks up a pass intended for Dez Bryant #88 of the Dallas Cowboys in the end zone at Cowboys Stadium on December 16, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. The Dallas Cowboys beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-24. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

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Posted on March 14, 2013 at 3:19 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 14 at 10:52 PM

Bradley Handwerger / WWLTV.com Sports Reporter
Email: bhandwerger@wwltv.com | Twitter: @wwltvsports

NEW ORLEANS — The Saints and cornerback Keenan Lewis have agreed to a five-year contract, bringing the native New Orleanian home after spending four seasons in Pittsburgh.

Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.

Lewis (6-foot, 208 pounds) prepped at O.P. Walker before playing collegiately at Oregon State. In four years with the Steelers, he recorded 1112 tackles, one interception and 34 passes defensed.

This past season, he started all 16 games at left cornerback, finishing with 78 tackles and a league-high 28 passes defensed.

“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,” Lewis said in a news release. “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 held quarterbacks to an 80.7 rating while completing just 52.7 percent of passes thrown against him, according to stats compiled by Pro Football Focus.

“We are excited to be able to add a player of Keenan’s ability to our defense,” Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said. “He was a top free agent target for us and I know that he is very excited to be able to come home to play football.”

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