Impending free agent linebacker Larry Foote led the Lions in tackles last season.
Foote, however, doesn’t think he’ll be retained.
“Obviously, I’m not a big priority for them,” he said. “We’re just going to test free agency and see from there.”
Lions G.M. Martin Mayhew wouldn’t rule out bringing Foote back at his season-ending press conference last month, but the sides haven’t had productive contract talks. And rising second-year linebacker DeAndre Levy may be a star in the making.
Defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham has made it clear that Levy, who played outside as a rookie, is better equipped to play middle linebacker.
Middle linebacker is Foote’s position.
Foote acknowledged that Levy is “a good linebacker” and says he’s “not looking to break the bank,” but is insisting on a multi-year contract after playing 2009 on a one-year pact.
Foote turns 30 this summer and is potentially headed for his third team in as many seasons. He was released by Pittsburgh last year. The Lions are leaning toward younger players on both sides of the ball, so it’s not hard to imagine that Foote’s stint in Detroit has ended.