The Pittsburgh Steelers were seemingly not interested in the least at bringing cornerback Keenan Lewis back for 2013. They never made him an offer, and although GM Kevin Colbert said they were interested in keeping all of their free agents, he apparently forgot to say 'with the exception of Lewis'.
Lewis will join the New Orleans Saints, bringing him back to his hometown, reports Ed Bouchette of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
The deal is for 5 years, $26 million with $11 million guaranteed, according to various reports; something that the Steelers could very well have afforded, but chose to pass.
They signed William Gay just before free agency started and now they'll turn to Cortez Allen to fill Lewis' spot.
Bouchette writes: ' Lewis was a slow developer after the Steelers drafted him. He moved into the pass defense as a third cornerback in 2011 and then took over as the starting left cornerback last season. He started all 16 games and led the NFL in pass deflections, 28 by his coaches' count, or 22 more than he had in his first three seasons. '