The team converted a portion of Lewis' salary to signing bonuses. He signed a five-year, $25.5 million contract in 2013.
Lewis, 28, had 41 tackles and two interceptions while playing every game last season.
"This is my home," Lewis wrote, per the New Orleans Times-Picayune. "I (have) been (here) 28 years. From playing a high school championship in here, to helping Katrina victims with a little bit of my college funds, to trying my best to help this beautiful home and people get a Super Bowl. I love this place and every person who (lives) close or in it. Trust me, leaving was never (an) option. I love it (too) much. Who Dat."
CBSSports.com NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reported on Friday that coach Sean Payton placed him on the trade block, and is willing to move any player that he doesn't deem as essential to the success of the team in the near future. The Saints signed former Patriots cornerback Brandon Browner earlier in the week. Another option for Lewis, who signed a five-year, $25.5 million contract in 2013, is to have his contract restructured, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media.
The 28-year-old registered 41 total tackles and two interceptions last season.
According to CBSSports.com NFL Insider Jason La Canfora, Payton is willing to move any player that he doesn't deem as essential to the success of the team in the near future.
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Payton has called some teams around the league to inquire on any interest in Lewis.
Lewis, who signed a five-year, $25.5 million contract in 2013, recorded 41 tackles and two interceptions this past season.
Lewis recorded 40 tackles and two interceptions in 2014 and ranked 98th out of 108 players at the position, per Pro Football Focus. It would cost the team more cap room to cut him than keep him this season, as he's due to count $4.85 million against the cap in 2015 but would carry a $6.9-million dead-money hit if released.
"I want him back," Lewis told The Times Picayune. "I'm going to ride with him. He's a great coordinator. You just can't blame him when things go wrong. We're the ones out there playing."
Vaccarro also said "Rob will be here."
The Saints are currently 29th in passing yards allowed at 261.5 per game and 29th in rushing yards allowed per game at 129.5 per game. As a team, they are 31st in overall defense.
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