(NEW ORLEANS) — The New Orleans Saints signed cornerback Keenan Lewis to a five-year contract Thursday.
According to sources of ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, the deal is worth a maximum of $26.3 million, with $10.5 million guaranteed.
Lewis was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He had 71 tackles and was second in the NFL with 23 passes defended last season, his first as a full-time starter.
Lewis, 26, grew up in New Orleans and played high school football at O. Perry Walker High School.
“I’m very excited to be able to come back to my hometown,” Lewis said. “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.”
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John Newsome and Anne Woolsey, CNN