The New Orleans Saints appear set on reinventing much of their roster, as starting CB Keenan Lewis is reportedly on the trading block, according to Katherine Terrell of NOLA.com. Saints cornerback Patrick Robinson is scheduled to visit the Steelers on Monday.
The Saints have been very busy in the last week, trading tight end Jimmy Graham to Seattle and shipping Kenny Stills off to Miami. Lewis recently expressed displeasure in his contract, looking to have the final three years of his deal guaranteed.
It doesn't appear as if the Saints are interested in committing a fully guaranteed $13 million to 28-year old who became slightly more expendable after the team signed Brandon Browner Thursday.
The Steelers are still in the market for a starting cornerback, but it appears as if New Orleans is stockpiling draft picks, a luxury Pittsburgh can't necessarily afford to give away. Pittsburgh drafted Lewis with the 96th overall pick in the third round of the 2009 draft, so the thought of a reunion isn't totally unreasonable. If no teams are interested in acquiring Lewis via trade, it's likely he will be cut, a move which would instantly make him the best available cornerback on the open market.
But Lewis' demands probably aren't likely to change. He's going to want someone to pay him, and whichever team trades for or signs Lewis might be stuck with the bill.