The New Orleans Saints released Keenan Lewis on Aug. 19 after an injury-filled season, but the 30-year-old cornerback has gained interest on the free-agent market.
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Lewis Comments on Recovery
Wednesday, Sept. 14
Steelers Not Closing Door on Lewis Signing
Monday, Aug. 29
ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reported that the Steelers are "still open" to signing Lewis but want to wait at least a month until his hip is healed.
Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported on Aug. 25 that the Steelers "did not like what they saw" with Lewis' injured hip.
"Pittsburgh [gave] me a great opportunity," Lewis told Josina Anderson of ESPN on Aug. 23. "I respect that organization, [and] I definitely want to give the [situation] strong consideration."
Word of Pittsburgh's interest in the cornerback was first reported on Aug. 22 by Dulac.
Lewis Reportedly Remains Out with Injury
Wednesday, Aug. 24
A former teammate said Lewis told him he is out another six weeks, per Chris Adamski of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Cards Linked to Lewis
Tuesday, Aug. 23
The Arizona Cardinals have looked into the possibility of signing Lewis, according to Anderson.
Mike Jurecki of Fox Sports 910 added that their interest hinges on Lewis being able to pass a physical.
Multiple Teams Interested in Lewis
Tuesday, Aug. 23
Anderson, citing a source, reported that the Detroit Lions, New York Jets and an unnamed NFC South team "have made preliminary inquiries" into Lewis in addition to the Cardinals. Earlier, Josh Katzenstein of the Times-Picayune reported that "at least" six teams have interest in Lewis.
Health Issues Cloud Lewis' Value
Lewis began his career in Pittsburgh as a third-round pick in the 2009 draft. After playing sparingly in his first few seasons, he became a full-time starter in 2012 before signing with the Saints in 2013. He started all 16 games in his first two years in New Orleans, but a variety of injuries limited him to just six appearances in 2015.
The cornerback also suffered a hip injury at training camp earlier in August.
As a result, the Saints decided to part ways and release the veteran. According to Joel A. Erickson of the Advocate, head coach Sean Payton explained that injuries were the main reasons for the decision.
On the other hand, Lewis explained to Anderson that his relationship with defensive coordinator Dennis Allen was also an issue:
Dennis Allen, we never got along since day one. It was something that happened years ago. Something that has been in the record books. He just didn't want me part of it. By that happening, it goes like that sometimes…You get a defensive coordinator who comes in, you've got a older guy who proved himself…so I seen it coming…Now my thing is to prove to him once again after seven years. Like (Allen) told me seven years ago, I didn't have what it takes to make it.
Whether it was team chemistry or not, Lewis will need to prove he is healthy enough to help the Steelers or any other team next season. He is an above-average cornerback when at full strength, and at 6'1", he has the size to match up against some of the biggest receivers in the league.
Teams will likely be cautious when it comes to signing the veteran player, as he suffered a torn labrum, an MCL tear and a sports hernia over the past year, in addition to the hip injury.
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