NOLA.com- Lewis, who grew up on the city's West Bank, told ESPN reporter Mike Triplett that he was unhappy about the team being broken up and wanted the last three years of his contract guaranteed. Otherwise, he would like to be released or traded, or he won't show up for offseason team activities.
"I think it's time for me to take my talent somewhere else," Lewis wrote on his Instagram page. "I only want fairness. I would love to stay and play for my hometown but I only want to be treated fairly."
Later, Lewis struck a more conciliatory tone.
"I want to be here, probably more than any Saints player ever," he wrote. "I would die for my team. If we was 0-16, I would want to be here."
You know when you wake up with a bad hangover and have a a bunch of things to do, but all you want to do is put your head under the pillow and sleep forever? I get the impression that is exactly how the entire Saints fan base feels today. I already blogged about how as crazy as it may seem, that trading Jimmy Graham might have been the right move, but this? This I can't deal this with. Too much emotion for one day. I'm pretty sure I now know how it feels when women have their period. I'm basically bi-polar. One minute I am laughing, the next minute I am crying. I don't know which way is up. I don't know who I am mad at so I am just mad at everybody. I just want to eat away my sorrow and wash it down with unGodly amounts of booze and my tears. If my breasts start feeling bloated I am just going to throw on a black and gold dress and call it a day. The Saints are purging their roster like a 12 year old kid starting his Madden season. Damn near every player on the team has their own source that says they might be getting moved. You know in the movie 'Inception' where they keep dropping into different dream states? Finding out about Jimmy Graham felt like one big bad dream that got incepted by a Keenan Lewis-less nightmare. Someone needs to wake me up before I'm in stuck in this horrible 'Aint's' limbo forever.
The Saints trade their most effective offensive weapon to a conference rival and an hour later their best defensive player is demanding a trade? What in the fuck is going on? This is soap opera worthy. I get that Keenan Lewis is upset about the uncertainty surrounding the team, but was this really the time Keenan? Did you have to take to instagram? The Who Dat Nation basically just had their dog put down and now you are informing them that their father is terminally ill. This is like dropping a dildo in the middle of Bourbon Street during Mardi Gras. Seemed like a good idea at the time, but the outcome is going to be far from pretty. Anarchy and debauchery are about to ensue. Ever heard of a grace period? Maybe a 24 hour rule? You don't confront someone when they are emotionally vulnerable Keenan. That's not the best way to get the fans on your side. It is, on the other hand, the best way to get an irrationally upset fan base to start questioning the franchise that still currently employs you.
Whatever Lewis wants, the Saints better make it happen, and make it happen with a smile on their face. If there is one player, other than Drew Brees, that this team cannot afford to lose it is Keenan Lewis. In a year marred by awful defensive play and a questionable effort on that side of the ball, Lewis was the lone bright spot. The only player that didn't quit. The only player that overcame injuries and still managed to play at high level. With the way the Saints secondary performed last year, losing 'No Fly Zone' would all but guarantee them a bottom 5 defense. He wants to be here, and he plays like it. On a team that has been bleeding leadership since last offseason, Lewis remains a calming influence in the locker room and vocal leader of this team.
That's why this rant is so surprising. I don't know what the Saints are trying to do, but if Lewis and Graham walk out of that locker room on the same day they are basically giving up on the Drew Brees era. I get that the Saints are in salary cap purgatory, but Lewis is the one player that actually outperformed his contract last year. He's one player that gives it his all regardless of the situation. Keenan Lewis wants more than anything to be a Saint, and I can't imagine that the Saints don't feel the same way about him. Can we get the nonsense resolved before I have to make myself a vicodin colada with bottom shelf liquor for dinner? The NFL is a business more than any other professional sport, and nothing is guaranteed in business. However, if guaranteeing money for the heartbeat of this team is what it takes to not guarantee a repeat of last year they should sign on the bottom line right now. I think everyone surrounding this team realizes that changes needed to be made, but this change would undoubtedly be for the worse. Don't make it happen Loomis.