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Larry Foote Officially Signs with Lions

Postby madaslives911 » Mon May 04, 2009 6:42 pm

The defending champion Pittsburgh Steelers put an end to one of the few distractions they've had this offseason. The team granted veteran linebacker Larry Foote his release after he wanted out of Pittsburgh because of a reduced role.

Foote, who did not attend last weekend's mandatory minicamp, started all 16 games for Pittsburgh last year but gradually had his playing time cut in favor of former first-round pick Lawrence Timmons. The Steelers also are close to the salary cap and get to save on Foote's $2.885 million salary, which factored into the decision.

"Larry has been a big part of our success, but unfortunately the realities of the salary cap made this decision inevitable," Steelers director of football operations Kevin Colbert said in a statement. "We wish Larry and his family nothing but the best as he moves forward with his career."

Foote, 28, recorded 86 tackles and 1.5 sacks for Pittsburgh in 2008. He was a former fourth-round pick of the Steelers in 2002.


Source: ESPN
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Re: Steelers part ways with unhappy Foote

Postby steelerfan513 » Mon May 04, 2009 7:53 pm

Huh? Foote wasn't unhappy; the Steelers released him for cap reasons. I'm sure he wasn't happy about being phased out for Lawrence Timmons, but he never requested a trade or release.

Foote is still a starting-caliber linebacker, so he'll definitely find a starting gig somewhere. I'd be surprised if he didn't end up in Detroit. He was a great player, but the emergence of Timmons and his almost $3 million salary made him a luxury the Steelers couldn't afford.
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Re: Steelers part ways with unhappy Foote

Postby Wenchtamer » Mon May 04, 2009 8:25 pm

Foote stated he wanted to play in Detroit, so I guess he'll get his wish.
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Re: Steelers part ways with unhappy Foote

Postby Kareighuis » Mon May 04, 2009 8:30 pm

steelerfan513 wrote:Huh? Foote wasn't unhappy; the Steelers released him for cap reasons. I'm sure he wasn't happy about being phased out for Lawrence Timmons, but he never requested a trade or release.

Foote is still a starting-caliber linebacker, so he'll definitely find a starting gig somewhere. I'd be surprised if he didn't end up in Detroit. He was a great player, but the emergence of Timmons and his almost $3 million salary made him a luxury the Steelers couldn't afford.


Steel Curtain RIsing- Foote Wants Out
ESPN- "It was my doing," Foote told the Post-Gazette. "I wanted to go."

Behind the Steel Curtain- Foote release "just another cruel reminder that balance sheets, budgets and salary caps have to be made each month and year in the National Football League."
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Re: Steelers part ways with unhappy Foote

Postby madaslives911 » Tue May 05, 2009 1:27 am

Kareighuis wrote:
steelerfan513 wrote:Huh? Foote wasn't unhappy; the Steelers released him for cap reasons. I'm sure he wasn't happy about being phased out for Lawrence Timmons, but he never requested a trade or release.

Foote is still a starting-caliber linebacker, so he'll definitely find a starting gig somewhere. I'd be surprised if he didn't end up in Detroit. He was a great player, but the emergence of Timmons and his almost $3 million salary made him a luxury the Steelers couldn't afford.


Steel Curtain RIsing- Foote Wants Out
ESPN- "It was my doing," Foote told the Post-Gazette. "I wanted to go."

Behind the Steel Curtain- Foote release "just another cruel reminder that balance sheets, budgets and salary caps have to be made each month and year in the National Football League."


Seems he was unhappy based on this report:

Source: Pittsburgh Sports Gazette

"It's nothing personal," said Foote, who turns 29 on June 12. "James Farrior never slows down, and Timmons came in and I can't grow here any more. They turned me into a two-down linebacker last year. I was stuck in a role.

"I love the team, I love winning, but you can't keep being unhappy. It got to the point where they were not giving me a chance."

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Re: Steelers part ways with unhappy Foote

Postby mattb47 » Tue May 05, 2009 3:02 am

Yea, he was unhappy in that he thought he could still be a 3 down LB rather than the 2 downs he was being used for and being pulled for Timmons on 3rd downs. Too bad we couldn't keep him but with Farrior/Timmons in the middle, I doubt he would have even been starting this season.
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Re: Steelers part ways with unhappy Foote

Postby HunglikeChampions » Tue May 05, 2009 5:13 am

ANy possibility or rumors he could go to NE? They could use the LB help. Brushi is a little long in the tooth
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Re: Steelers part ways with unhappy Foote

Postby dream_017 » Tue May 05, 2009 7:47 am

HunglikeChampions wrote:ANy possibility or rumors he could go to NE? They could use the LB help. Brushi is a little long in the tooth

Probably not. He has stated that he wants to play in Detroit and Detriot needs LB help, so I would say it is only a matter of time ;-D
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Re: Steelers part ways with unhappy Foote

Postby steelerfan513 » Tue May 05, 2009 8:20 am

I stand corrected, but I wouldn't agree that he was a "distraction" as the article says.

But again, he definitely still can be a 3-down backer. I agree with dream, he'll end up in Detroit and they'll have a pretty sick LB corps.
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Re: Steelers part ways with unhappy Foote

Postby Guru13 » Tue May 05, 2009 10:16 am

come to St. Louis - I promise you don't wanna play for Detroit.
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