Discontent is settling in among the troops.
After news broke of the Jimmy Graham trade Tuesday, New Orleans Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis posted an image on his Instagram page that said “I think it’s time for me to take my talent somewhere else. New Orleans it has been good.”
In the caption beneath the photo, Lewis wrote, “I only want fairness. I would love to stay and play for my hometown but I only want to be treated fairly.”
ESPN contacted Lewis after the post went up, and he explained that he would like to have more guaranteed money in his contract. If his wishes are not granted, he said he would skip organized team activities and minicamp.
“I’m not happy. The team’s being broken apart,” he said. “I want to be here. But if they can’t do that for me, (I’m not sure they feel the same).”
Lewis, a former O. Perry Walker standout, signed with the Saints in 2013 and has emerged as the team’s top cornerback. He has three years and $13 million remaining on his contract.
The Saints have set their sights on Tramon Williams. The cornerback is visiting the Saints on Tuesday night, ESPN reported.
A former member of the Green Bay Packers, Williams, 31, intercepted three passes last season and recorded 71 tackles. His best season came in 2010 when he picked off six passes.
The Saints have a pressing need at the position. Lewis sits atop the depth chart, but no one is locked into the No. 2 spot.
The Saints and Ramon Humber have mutual interest in continuing their relationship.
New Orleans has expressed interest in retaining the linebacker, a source told The Advocate, and Humber would like to remain with the Saints.
Humber appeared in 15 games last season, logging 453 snaps on defense, playing predominately at weakside and strongside linebacker. He also served on special teams.
Big cut for Bunkley
Brodrick Bunkley’s restructured deal saw him take a significant cut in his base salary.
The defensive tackle lowered his base salary by more than $3 million, dropping it from $4.4 million to $1.25 million, a league source said.
The deal also contains a $250,000 roster bonus due on the third day of the league year and $1.1 million in “not likely to be earned” incentives tied to playing time and making the Pro Bowl in 2015. He also will receive a $50,000 workout bonus and can earn salary escalators up to $450,000.
The move drops Bunkley’s cap number from $6,112,500 to $3,162,500, saving the Saints $2.95 million.
In 2016, Bunkley has a $4.4 million base salary, a $100,000 workout bonus and salary escalators up to $800,000. His salary-cap number remains at $6,112,500.