Found February 19, 2013 on SteelBlitz Steelers Blog:
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According to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette the Steelers and free agent linebacker Larry Foote have began talking a contract. Foote started next to Lawrence Timmons at middle linebacker in 2012 and played well despite not being a starter since 2009 when he was a member of the Detroit Lions. “Yeah,’’ Foote said on the 93.7 FM Morning Show in Pittsburgh today, “[the Steelers] and my agent have been talking back and forth. I guess it’s a money thing right now.’’ Foote said publicly that he was willing to return to the Steelers at a home town discount. Replacing Foote was one of the keys for the Steelers this off-season. However, with their cap issues the options were to either draft a linebacker early, start Stevenson Sylvester or Sean Spence or to re-sign Foote. The positives of them talking with Foote are that one that position will have some stability. It also could mean the Steelers think they have their next starting middle linebacker on the roster and want to have insurance by keeping Foote around. Spence was considered a future starter last pre-season, but a major knee injury ended his rookie season before it began. Re-signing Foote would also change the Steelers draft plans potentially because if they believe Spence will become a starter next season they would not waste an early pick on an inside linebacker in 2013. This would allow them to use the number seventeen pick on another area of need which include outside linebacker, wide receiver, and running back. In 2013 Spence could split time with Foote and play on passing downs because he possess more speed. It would also give him game experience and help him mold into the future starter. A one year contract would be perfect and allow Foote to play one more season with the Steelers and prepare his replacement. If true Foote would be the first unrestricted free agent to have had contract negotiations with the team. In 2012 Foote was one of the few players to play in all 16 games and he was second on the team in tackles. Foote also calls the defensive plays on the field . The post Bouchette: Foote and Steelers Talking Contract appeared first on SteelBlitz Steelers Blog.
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