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.'