The New Orleans Saints cut veteran cornerback Keenan Lewis. Should the Chicago Bears sign him?
The Bears have some concerns in their secondary. You could say that cornerback was a questionable position heading into the offseason. The Bears didn’t make any significant moves in their secondary besides some mid to late round draft picks. Then former first round draft pick Kyle Fuller suffered a knee injury that required arthroscopic surgery.
Bears GM Ryan Pace is combing the streets looking for some help in the secondary. The Bears reportedly brought in Antonio Cromartie for a visit. But a more interesting option may have just hit the market, as the Saints released Keenan Lewis.
With a history in New Orleans and an active role in bringing him to Saints, if you connect the dots, it makes a lot of sense for Pace to consider Lewis for the Bears.
After playing four years with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Lewis was a big free agent signing for his hometown Saints in 2013. He had a good first season in New Orleans, but has battled injuries since, leading the Saints to cut him:
"NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported the development, helping to explain Lewis’ goodbye message Friday evening on Instagram. Lewis was limited to only six games last season because of surgeries for an MCL tear, torn labrum and sports hernia. Lewis was dealing with a hip problem this offseason. He was set to make $2.7 million."
The Saints, who have some young talent in the secondary, decided to let Lewis go. He also never got along with Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen. Lewis thanked Saints fans on Instagram:
The big question on Lewis is obviously his health. The Bears took a chance on Tracy Porter and he’s paid dividends. Could Ryan Pace roll the dice on a guy coming back from injuries and reunite with Lewis?
While Fuller recovers from his own knee surgery, it makes sense to kick the tires on Lewis at veteran’s minimum (since he’s already getting $2.7M from the Saints) and see if they can patchwork the secondary while their young corners acclimate to the NFL.