If he wouldn't say what it was, it means he talked to a team this weekend, agreed to terms, but, can't announce it until free agency officially begins. If he had signed with the Steelers, I think he would have said it already.
IMO, he's gone and got a FAT contract offer somewhere...
The Steelers ARE NOT going to pay Lewis $8 million a year
Taking stock at the corners
As we sit here in early March, the top three cornerbacks shape up as Ike Taylor and Cortez Allen starting and William Gay in the slot in the nickel defense. Maybe they will pull a rabbit out of their hat and re-sign Lewis, but that is beginning to look as difficult as re-signing Wallace.
They would not have signed Gay had they thought Lewis would be back or if Curtis Brown developed the way they had hoped. Brown was a third-round pick from Texas in 2011, and Allen was a fourth-rounder from that football hotbed, The Citadel. Allen was a late bloomer, having not played football until his senior year in high school (thus, The Citadel).
Keenan Lewis will command 5-6 million/yr in FA. I think Steelers will allow KLewis to check the market before matching the offer.
There are too many DBs in Free Agency this season. KLew problem is he played well only for one season. Now if he had come to party in 2011 things could have been different.
Few Free Agent DB:
Charles Woodson (GB)
Brent Grimes (ATL)
Aqib Talib (NE)
Sean Smith (MIA)
Derek Cox (JAC)
Cary Williams (BAL)
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (PHI)\
D-Revis and Nmadi should also be on market at right price.