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Monday, March 18, 2013
Breaking down Keenan Lewis' deal

By Pat Yasinskas

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

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.