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Breaking down Keenan Lewis' deal

The New Orleans Saints apparently expect recently signed cornerback Keenan Lewis to be an instant starter. They certainly are paying him like one.

Lewis got a five-year, $25.5 million deal, according to numbers obtained by ESPN.com

The Saints gave Lewis a $6 million signing bonus and his base salary will be $1 million this year.

In 2014, Lewis’ base salary will be $3.3 million. His salary jumps to $4.1 million in 2015, when he also can collect a $500,000 roster bonus.

In 2016, Lewis’ base salary is scheduled to be $4.45 million and he also can earn a $500,000 roster bonus. In 2017, his base salary rises to $4.95 million and he can collect a $500,000 roster bonus.

The deal also includes a $50,000 workout bonus in each year of the contract. Lewis also can earn escalators of $200,000 each year from 2013 through 2016.