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2012 Steelers Free Agency: Keenan Lewis May Not Replace William Gay, According To Report

The Pittsburgh Steelers lost cornerback William Gay to the Arizona Cardinals earlier in this offseason, and it appears that the Steelers are ready to find his replacement from within the organization. Keenan Lewis was listed as the third cornerback this year, but Tomlin mentioned two rookies from last year when he was talking about Gay's potential replacement, according to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. But Tomlin also said that Lewis has a chance.

"Certainly he is. He played a lot last year. He is not an unknown commodity in my mind. We are talking about our third cornerback. The way he played sub-package football last year, he logged quite a few snaps.

"From defensive playing time, you have to give the nod to Lewis. He’s been a part of our program longer than the others, but we are going to give all those men the opportunity to earn that position."

Lewis will be in competition with 2010 draftees Curtis Brown and Cortez Allen for that starting spot.

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