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supersteeler
01-12-2013, 07:47 AM
http://triblive.com/sports/steelers/3246092-74/steelers-season-lewis#axzz2HlAlCMPp



I can understand why the Steelers didn't sign Keenan before this season, he was just average. This 2012 season he had his breakout year and it showed on the field helping the defense to claim the #1 pass defense.
He's a productive player and like the article stated, we'll need to replace Ike Taylor at some point so having Keenan and Cortez back will be a plus.
I don't know if the Steelers will be able to sign Keenan but I hope so, especially when our front seven can't get enough pressure on the QB, you need a good secondary.

If we fail to sign him, look for the Steelers to draft either a CB, or Safety early in this years draft, but I would prefer to sign him, he knows the LeBeau system and now that investment is paying off, lets make it happen Mr. Rooney& Colbert.
Omar, do your magic and get er done.


Btw, I think Keenan is looking to upgrade his ride. http://cdn.steelersgab.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Steelers8-575x379.jpg

papillon
01-12-2013, 10:23 AM
I hate to say this because I like Ike, but if it comes down to Keenan or Ike I would rather keep Keenan to pair up with Cortez, Troy and Ryan, then draft a nickle to compete with whoever is left.

Pappy

SidSmythe
01-12-2013, 10:49 AM
Not sold on KEENAN Lewis here.
I see him as a system guy, not a guy who is just a top CB wherever he goes.
Buyer Beware!!

papillon
01-12-2013, 10:57 AM
Not sold on KEENAN Lewis here.
I see him as a system guy, not a guy who is just a top CB wherever he goes.
Buyer Beware!!

Even so, he's good in the Steeler system and much younger than Ike. If I have to get rid of one of them because the cap situation, I cut Ike and sign Lewis, its the ugly business side of the game. The same will happen to him later in his career.

Pappy

phillyesq
01-12-2013, 12:10 PM
I thought I saw that Lewis was looking for 5 years and $35 million, which seems reasonable. Depending on the structure of the deal, he could be retained without adding a huge burden to the cap this year.

For 15-20 years, it seems like CB has been a position of need for the Steelers. It is now, arguably, a strength with Ike, Lewis and Allen. I'd keep all three for as long as I can.

Shoe
01-12-2013, 12:27 PM
I thought I saw that Lewis was looking for 5 years and $35 million, which seems reasonable. Depending on the structure of the deal, he could be retained without adding a huge burden to the cap this year.

OK, off-topic here a bit, but does it strike anyone else the sheer inflation in numbers we see in sports? If you were to jump in the Delorean and go back to 1985 and ask some NFL watching shmoe what $7/year would buy, he'd probably tell you you'd get the best player in the game. Just 25 years later, it nets you a starting CB (not much more IMO. Lewis impressed me in that he became a starter, but I don't see "star" potential necessarily.)

It's shocking though (the inflation). I mean, you don't even know what numbers mean anymore. Is $7m a year average for a starting CB? Is it premium money?

Crash
01-12-2013, 01:36 PM
I would be very surprised if they even considered letting Ike go. His close relationship with Ambassador Rooney is well known.

Dee Dub
01-12-2013, 01:47 PM
What if Keenan Lewis continues to improve? For a corner back confidence is huge thing. His 23 PD's this year was huge. He's around the ball a lot. He doesnt give up the big play and he is a willing open field tackler. That is a recipe for a successful Steeler 3-4 zone blitz corner.

Now, what are the chances at 34 Ike improves? More likely to continue his decline.

If it were up to me it's a no-brainier.