Saints’ Keenan Lewis back, Jairus Byrd impresses _lowres

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis

Keenan Lewis’ gamble paid off.

After threatening to be a distraction if he did not receive assurances that he would play out his contract via an Instagram post, the New Orleans Saints recently put ink to a new deal that guarantees $10.45 million of the remaining $13.05 million remaining on his contract.

In an interview with ESPN’s Mike Triplett, Lewis admitted that his approach “probably wasn’t the best way to handle business,” but he also made it clear that his goal wasn’t to obtain more money.

“My biggest goal, I couldn’t leave,” Lewis said. “I have unfinished business in New Orleans. I’ve got kids looking at me, taking the same approach. My goal is to be that role model that helps stop this madness going around.”

Lewis is a native of West Bank. His Keenan Lewis Foundation hosts a youth football camp and is active in the community. His goal is continue to be an inspiration to the youth.

“Kids can see dreams could come true, if you put your mind to it,” Lewis said, stressing that it doesn’t need to be about just athletic success. “My main mission is to believe in Christ, believe in God, and you can do that, too. We don’t need to be out here killing one another.

“I’ve got a couple more years on my mission.”

More on Lewis’ deal HERE.