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Larry Foote thinks he's a goner

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.
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16 Responses to “Larry Foote thinks he's a goner”
  1. xR11Rx says: Feb 4, 2010 5:01 PM

    I say go back to Pittsburgh. Finish out your career where you started. Just gottta figure though that they probably won’t resign him. New England might take him in though.

  2. jermely says: Feb 4, 2010 5:13 PM

    AL, PICK UP THE PHONE!
    Put him in the middle, move Morrison outside, draft Daryl Washington in the 3rd round and have Foote start, mentor him until he is ready.. Having Foote there is a GIANT upgrade to our run D… Move Seymour inside to the tackle spot next to Kelly, have Shaughnessy start at RDe and Ellis at LDE. Dominating D with Asomugha, Johnson, Branch and Huff at the back..

  3. QBall says: Feb 4, 2010 5:17 PM

    1. xR11Rx says: February 4, 2010 5:01 PM
    I say go back to Pittsburgh. Finish out your career where you started. Just gottta figure though that they probably won’t resign him. New England might take him in though.
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    That’s exactly what I was thinking. In fact, I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see it happen. The Steelers were not too keen on releasing Foote in the first place (he pushed the issue, not the team). Taking into account James Farrior’s age and declining effectiveness, I would say the door is more than ajar for Foote to return to the Steelers and assume Farrior’s position.

  4. BleedGreen says: Feb 4, 2010 5:21 PM

    Philly, sign this guy. You need Mike LBs to hold the fort until Stew Bradley is back to full health. This guy rotating with Trotter and Witherspoon would be sufficient.

  5. mikeoxlong says: Feb 4, 2010 5:24 PM

    Foote gets the boot?

  6. tx_tuff says: Feb 4, 2010 5:27 PM

    I think its a good idea for the Lions to go with the young players, its not like they are knocking on the door of greatness. I’m sure they are a lot of teams out there that could use Foot and this may be a good chance with him to land with a winner.

  7. Dealer says: Feb 4, 2010 5:31 PM

    A guy that leads a team in tackles will find a multi-year deal.

  8. Steve-Mo says: Feb 4, 2010 5:32 PM

    Miami is also a possibility. He’s an upgrade over Crowder & Ayodele, even though he’s getting up there in years.

  9. KILLER FIN says: Feb 4, 2010 5:34 PM

    Bring him to Miami!!! He’s better than Crowder & Porter wants out anyway!!!

  10. Rev. Dr. HollywoodWags says: Feb 4, 2010 5:43 PM

    “And rising second-year linebacker DeAndre Levy may be a star in the making.”
    It’s the Lions dummy…

  11. Steve-Mo says: Feb 4, 2010 5:56 PM

    KILLER FIN – The Porter situation really would have nothing to do with this since he plays on the outside. I would hope they send Porter packing, try to get Foote for a rotation in the middle with Crowder & Adoyele (who might be a FA actually, I’m too lazy to look), and draft a speed rusher for the outside. Have Tayler and the rookie rotate, and have Wake start on the other side.

  12. Byrd Is The Word says: Feb 4, 2010 6:31 PM

    I’ll take him over that bum Kawika Mitchell in Buffalo’s new 3-4…

  13. yinzburgh says: Feb 4, 2010 6:56 PM

    Bring him back to the Burgh! I like Farrier and all but he’s lost a few steps…….

  14. robhug71 says: Feb 4, 2010 8:48 PM

    bring him back to Pittsburgh. Sure missed his steady and underrated run defense. Have him play first and second down and bring timmons in on 3rd down.

  15. cunn9305 says: Feb 4, 2010 9:00 PM

    If he doesn’t sign with anyone the Steelers will bring him back for the minimum. He worked very well with Farrior and made many of the calls. We missed him this year.

  16. HarrisonHits says: Feb 4, 2010 10:12 PM

    Might fit in quite nicely in New England, just like Vrabel did.

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