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    Steelers reasoning for letting Lewis go...

    Does anyone else find the reason the Steelers gave for letting Keenan Lewis walk a totally misleading reason? When questioned on why they let Keenan Lewis walk for a cap friendly and cheap deal the Steelers stated that they let him walk because they like Cortez Allen. Meanwhile, their other starting CB is in his 30's, has a very expensive contract, and is coming off a season in which he broke his leg.

    Should the easy follow up question not have been 'what about Ike'? If they like Allen so much, why not cut Ike then sign Lewis and have your CB position locked up for seasons to come? They didn't even offer Lewis a deal at all!
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    Then the obvious reason must be that they simply did not want Lewis. The simplest explanation is usually the correct one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Pittsburgh View Post
    Does anyone else find the reason the Steelers gave for letting Keenan Lewis walk a totally misleading reason? When questioned on why they let Keenan Lewis walk for a cap friendly and cheap deal the Steelers stated that they let him walk because they like Cortez Allen. Meanwhile, their other starting CB is in his 30's, has a very expensive contract, and is coming off a season in which he broke his leg.

    Should the easy follow up question not have been 'what about Ike'? If they like Allen so much, why not cut Ike then sign Lewis and have your CB position locked up for seasons to come? They didn't even offer Lewis a deal at all!
    Very well stated. They have a pile of "Bad money" tied up in a few older guys that are a year or so away from being done... should have sent Ike on his way and signed Lewis to a long term deal.. then had money to spare. It's a shame when you don't have a million and change to sign your number 2 receiver, or basically a vet minimum to sign Allen, which did very well in troy's absence...

    all the while paying the elder statesmen of the team several million to stand on the sidelines in sweatpants.

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    It wasn't long ago that Lewis was busting out glass after getting torched an entire game. He had one good year and, to be honest, it wasn't a great year. Just solid. Let someone else over pay for him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by birtikidis View Post
    It wasn't long ago that Lewis was busting out glass after getting torched an entire game. He had one good year and, to be honest, it wasn't a great year. Just solid. Let someone else over pay for him.
    I been saying that since he left.

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    If you guys recall... "Solid" has been very hard to come by for the steelers secondary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by birtikidis View Post
    It wasn't long ago that Lewis was busting out glass after getting torched an entire game. He had one good year and, to be honest, it wasn't a great year. Just solid. Let someone else over pay for him.
    Overpay? For a starting CB? Hardly! Ike makes twice what Lewis signed for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Pittsburgh View Post
    Overpay? For a starting CB? Hardly! Ike makes twice what Lewis signed for.
    Ike covers the opponent's best receiver, and generally does a very good job of it. He gets no turnovers, but he does a very good job of holding down his responsibility. ewis never came close to the same level of responsibility that Ike carries out every game.

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    People have short memories with saying... Lewis had 1 good season. Laughable. How many times did Ike get benched by Cowher for his inconsistent play? Let's not forget that. The other "knock" on Lewis is that he's not a playmaker and doesn't create turnovers. LOL! "Not a playmaker" and "not creating turnovers" sounds like Mr. Ike Taylor throughout his entire career.

    Regardless of what the Steelers FO say, letting Lewis go was the worst offseason move thus far.

    Not only is it bad that we didn't sign Lewis..... IT'S WORSE that the Steelers thought the better option was to pay a 33.5 y/o Ike Taylor ELITE MONEY! Oh, and let's not forget that Ike is due 10.5 million next year. If Ike was cut this year as he should have, he would have come off the books next year.

    Words cannot explain how dumb the Steelers are for keeping Ike over Lewis especially considering the contract that Lewis accepted in NO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steelz09 View Post
    People have short memories with saying... Lewis had 1 good season. Laughable. How many times did Ike get benched by Cowher for his inconsistent play? Let's not forget that. The other "knock" on Lewis is that he's not a playmaker and doesn't create turnovers. LOL! "Not a playmaker" and "not creating turnovers" sounds like Mr. Ike Taylor throughout his entire career.

    Regardless of what the Steelers FO say, letting Lewis go was the worst offseason move thus far.

    Not only is it bad that we didn't sign Lewis..... IT'S WORSE that the Steelers thought the better option was to pay a 33.5 y/o Ike Taylor ELITE MONEY! Oh, and let's not forget that Ike is due 10.5 million next year. If Ike was cut this year as he should have, he would have come off the books next year.

    Words cannot explain how dumb the Steelers are for keeping Ike over Lewis especially considering the contract that Lewis accepted in NO.
    For a 4th rd draft choice, Ike has FAR exceeded expectations. In 8 seasons of starting, Ike has played in 15 or more games in 6 of those. I go with the guy that has been there, done it consistently year after year. Ike still has something in the tank and the FO knows it.

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