Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Saints have released veteran CB Keenan Lewis Friday evening.
Lewis has since confirmed the news on his Instagram.
“I would like to thank New Orleans and all my fans. It’s been and awesome journey. I’m glad I had the opportunity to play for the city I grew up in and love. Thank you and see y’all soon hope y’all still cheer for me.”
Lewis tells Mike Triplett that he’s excited and ready for a fresh start. In regards to his release, Lewis mentioned that it’s a business and the Saints were ready to see what their young corners can do.
Interestingly enough, Lewis tells Triplett that he never meshed with DC Dennis Allen, but was closer with former DC Rob Ryan.
Lewis, 30, was in the fourth year of his five-year, $25.5 million contract that included $20.95 million guaranteed. He was set to make base salaries of $2.7 million and $4.75 million over the final two years of the agreement.
According to OverTheCap.com, releasing will free up $2.75 million in available cap space while creating $3.6 million in dead money.
In 2015, Lewis was limited to appearing in six games and recording six tackles, no interceptions and two pass defenses.