New Orleans Saints Agree To New Contract With Keenan Lewis, Hope To Improve Defense
The New Orleans Saints and Keenan Lewis will not be parting ways anytime soon and have agreed to terms on a new contract. The Saints may have struggled to keep their opponents off the board last year, but Lewis has been one of their significant defenders for the past couple of seasons.
The Saints will continue to build up their roster in the hopes of not having such a disastrous season as they did last year, and have already signed cornerback Brandon Browner, who came over from the Patriots.
Along with the safety combo of Kenny Vaccaro and Jairus Byrd, the Saints could look to compete with the defense of their division rivals, the Carolina Panthers. Hopefully, some improvements on the defensive end can help the Saints because the whole NFC South division was a joke to witness last year for much of the season. The Saints and Panthers both tried to turn things around in the end, but 3 out of 4 teams including the Saints were fighting for a playoff spot in the final weeks, even though they all finished with under .500 records.
CB Keenan Lewis had his contract re-done this week, adding more guaranteed $ & giving #Saints cap room, source said. He’s not going anywhere
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 19, 2015
The New Orleans Saints and Keenan Lewis have agreed to a new contract that will drop his 2015 base salary from $1.8 million to $850,000 and his 2016 base salary from $4.25 million to $2.7 million. However, his 2017 salary of $4.75 million will remain the same, and he is also receiving more guaranteed money.
Lewis is a 28-year-old defensive back who has played with the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New Orleans Saints in his 7th season out of Oregon State. He has been one of the only positive parts of the Saints’ secondary that has struggled in recent years.
Saints REALLY wanted to keep Lewis happy. He was given an additional $10.45 million guaranteed, per source. So he's not going anywhere
— Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) March 19, 2015
He was brought over to the Saints in a smart move by the team in 2013 and has started all 16 games in his two seasons with the team. He has been solely responsible for six interceptions over the past two seasons and 37 tackles just in 2014.
Keenan Lewis is at home with the New Orleans Saints after growing up in the city, stating that he loves it too much and that leaving was never an option.
Tell US: Can the Saints look past their disastrous season in 2014, and be a contender in the NFC again this year?