Signed as an unrestricted free agent from the Pittsburgh Steelers at the start of free agency, this New Orleans native returns home to join the Saints secondary. Over the course of his four-year career in Pittsburgh, Lewis appeared in 45 games with 17 starts, registering 111 tackles (95 solo), one interception, 34 passes defensed and one forced fumble. In 2012, he stepped into the starting lineup for the first time for the NFL’s top-ranked defense both overall and against the pass, and posted 78 tackles (63 solo), an NFL-leading 28 passes defensed and one forced fumble.
NFL CAREER – Signed as an unrestricted free agent from the Pittsburgh Steelers at the start of free agency, this New Orleans native returns home to join the Saints secondary. Over the course of his four-year career in Pittsburgh, Lewis appeared in 45 games with 17 starts, registering 111 tackles (95 solo), one interception, 34 passes defensed and one forced fumble. In 2012, he stepped into the starting lineup for the first time for the NFL’s top-ranked defense both overall and against the pass, and posted 78 tackles (63 solo), an NFL-leading 28 passes defensed and one forced fumble.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS – Signed by Saints to a five-year contract (UFA-PIT), 3/14/13; Signed by Pittsburgh to a one-year contract (RFA), 4/16/12; Received restricted free agent tender from Pittsburgh, 3/12/12; Placed by Pittsburgh on Injured Reserve (back), 12/29/09; Signed by Pittsburgh to a three-year contract, 6/12/09; Selected by Pittsburgh Steelers in the third round (96th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft.
HONORS – 2012: USA Today All-Joe.
2012 – Lewis started all 16 games at LCB for Steelers, who ranked first in NFL in opponent net yards per game and pass defense, and he led the NFL with 28 pass breakups. Finished fourth on team with 78 tackles (63 solo) while also adding a forced fumble and two special teams stops…Part of a stellar defensive effort in 27-10 win vs. N.Y. Jets, Sept. 16, where Steelers surrendered only 219 total net yards, 129 through the air, as he added two solo tackles…Forced first career fumble when he tackled and stripped WR DeSean Jackson in 16-14 win vs. Philadelphia, Oct. 7, also contributing four stops (three solo) and one pass defensed…Set a career-high with four passes defensed at Tennessee, Oct. 11…As part of stellar defensive effort in a 24-17 win at Cincinnati, Oct. 21, when Steelers surrendered only 185 yards, including a season-low 105 through the air, Lewis finished with four solo tackles and two passes defensed…Recorded two solo stops and three passes defensed in standout defensive performance in 27-12 win vs. Washington, Oct. 28, when Steelers surrendered only 169 passing yards…Had two tackles (one solo) and three passes defensed as part of a dominant defense that allowed only 114 yards through the air in 24-20 win at N.Y. Giants, Nov. 4…Tied for team lead with 10 tackles (8 solo), helping a defense that limited Ravens to 200 total net yards vs. Baltimore, Nov. 18…Registered 10 stops again and a pass defensed, leading a secondary that limited the Browns to only 130 net passing yards at Cleveland, Nov. 25…Part of a secondary that held QB Joe Flacco to a passer rating of 61.9 and only 188 passing yards at Baltimore, Dec. 2…Led the Steelers with three passes defensed and also recorded seven tackles at Dallas, Dec. 16…Recorded six tackles and two passes defensed vs. Cincinnati, Dec. 23. 2011 – Played in all 16 games for first time, making first career start at Indianapolis, Sept. 25. Also saw action in the postseason contest. Finished with 31 tackles, an interception, five passes defensed and four special teams stops…Starting at Indianapolis as a nickel corner, had five tackles as part of a defensive effort that held the Colts to 153 yards passing…Made eight tackles (five solo) vs. Houston, Oct. 2…Posted three tackles and a pass defensed vs. Tennessee, Oct. 9…Recorded four tackles as part of a defense that held Jaguars to 109 passing yards vs. Jacksonville, Oct. 16…Registered three stops as part of a defensive effort that held the Patriots to 198 yards passing vs. New England, Oct. 30…Recorded first career interception, picking off QB Tyler Palko at the Pittsburgh 14-yard line with 28 seconds left to seal Monday night win at Kansas City, Nov. 27…Registered a special teams tackle in NFC Wild Card Playoff at Denver, 1/8/12. 2010 – Saw action on special teams and at CB in nine regular season games. Finished with eight stops and a forced fumble on special teams. Saw action at CB and on special teams for all three postseason contests, recording one special teams stop…Had two special teams tackles at Miami, Oct. 24…Made one special teams tackle vs. Oakland, Nov. 21…Saw action in both the secondary and on special teams and posted two tackles and forced a fumble on coverage units at Buffalo, Nov. 28…Finished with the first two defensive tackles and his first career pass defense at Cleveland, 1/2/11, in addition to three special teams stops as part of a defense that forced three turnovers…Had one special teams tackle in AFC Divisional Playoff game vs. Baltimore, 1/15/11. 2009 – Played in four games on special teams and made one tackle…Made NFL debut vs. Tennessee, Sept. 10…Recorded one special teams tackle at Kansas City, Nov. 22…Placed on Injured Reserve list with a back injury, Dec. 29
COLLEGE – Played in 50 games with 48 starts at Oregon State and totaled 117 tackles (81 solo), one sack for a three-yard loss and five stops for losses of 20 yards...Forced one fumble and deflected 30 passes...Gained 72 yards on seven interceptions (10.3 avg.) including one touchdown...Was a four-time Academic All-Pac 10 honoree...As a senior in 2008, was an All-Pac 10 first-team and All-Pac 10 honorable mention choice as he started all 13 games at LCB, leading team with four interception returns for 29 yards, including a touchdown…Also recorded 35 tackles (27 solo) with a stop for a three-yard loss and deflected nine passes as part of a unit ranked second in Pac 10 in total defense (312.2 ypg) and third in pass defense (180.9 ypg.)…As a junior in 2007, started 11 games at LCB and led team with three interception returns for 43 yards…Also added 15 tackles (12 solo) and deflected two passes…As sophomore in 2006, started 13 games at LCB and collected 22 tackles (17 solos) that included a sack for a three-yard loss and two stops for a loss...Finished second on team with eight passes defensed…As freshman in 2005, was All-American third-team selection by College Football News, taking over LCB with 11 starts and recorded 45 tackles (25 solo), two stops for a loss, a forced fumble, and a career-high and team-best 11 passes defensed…Redshirted in 2004…Received a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sport science.
PERSONAL – Attended O. Perry Walker (New Orleans) HS...Both a high school and Steelers teammate of Dolphins WR Mike Wallace...Rated as one of the top 100 cornerback prospects in the country by Rivals.com...First-team All-Metro and All-League choice as a senior...Made 75 tackles with four sacks and seven interceptions and returned five punts for 180 yards and five kickoffs for 150 yards...Posted 71 tackles with two interceptions as a junior and recorded 54 tackles as a sophomore...Graduated with academic honors, attaining a 3.27 grade point average.
New Orleans Saints DB Keenan Lewis talks with Sean Kelley after the team's 49-17 win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, November 10, 2013. (New Orleans Saints video)
New Orleans Saints senior writer John DeShazier speaks with Keenan Lewis in the Morning Report (New Orleans Saints video)
New Orleans Saints DB Keenan Lewis speaks with reporters on Monday, October 28, 2013. (New Orleans Saints video)
New Orleans Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis picks off Buffalo Bills quarterback Thad Lewis in the fourth quarter.