The New Orleans Saints dipped into the free agent market signing former Pittsburgh Steelers defensive back Keenan Lewis to a five year contract.
General Manager Mickey Loomis made the announcement Thursday afternoon. "We are excited to be able to add a player of Keenan's ability to our defense," 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."
Lewis, a New Orleans native, played his high school football at O. Perry Walker High School before playing for the Oregon State Beavers. The Steelers drafted Lewis in the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft.
Lewis tweeted Wednesday morning he was "heading down Airline Dr to visit with the New Orleans Saints!"
A happy Lewis said, "I'm very excited to be able to come back to my hometown. 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."
Although Lewis did not have an interception for the Steelers in 2012, he did have 28 pass deflections, 78 tackles and one forced fumble.
With the signing of Lewis the Saints have addressed a big off-season weakness. Lewis will in all likelihood play opposite Jabari Greer in new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan's defense.
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