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LaMarr Woodley restructures, Larry Foote re-signs

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The Steelers struck deals with a pair of linebackers just before the start of free agency.

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the team reached a long-expected agreement to restructure the contract of LaMarr Woodley. Woodley turned $5.5 million of his $9 million salary for the 2013 season into a bonus, lowering his cap hit by $4 million before the gates swing open on free agency Tuesday afternoon. As with many of the other restructurings in Pittsburgh this offseason, the Steelers pushed more money under future caps with their adjustment of the Woodley deal.

Some of the money saved was put immediately to use when the team announced a three-year deal for Larry Foote. The inside linebacker was set to become an unrestricted free agent, but the deal should keep the  soon-to-be 33-year-old with the Steelers for the remainder of his professional career. Keeping Foote also allows the team to keep some of the institutional memory in place after the departures of James Harrison and several other veterans in recent years. Foote had a career-high 113 tackles in 2012 and tied a career-high with four sacks.

We’ll see if bringing Foote back affects the scheduled meeting the Steelers had with Dan Connor, who was recently released by the Cowboys.

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  1. Steeley McBeam says: Mar 12, 2013 2:52 PM

    Willie Colon will also will be cut with a June 1 designation (that means he can negotiate but cant sign until June 1 for the unavoidable Ravens fans) freeing up another $5.5 MM. Steelers are on a roll. And you thought they didnt have a plan?

  2. lombardiwinners2013 says: Mar 12, 2013 2:53 PM

    Keep pushing that money to future years, Steelers. What a joke. 8-8 last year, and they haven’t gotten better. 6-10 this year???

  3. bmoritz2003 says: Mar 12, 2013 2:54 PM

    Not so sure I’m loving the Foote signing, guess it depends on what the money is. He’s a good guy, and would make great veteran depth. I’m still hoping they sign Connor to be the starter, with Foote as his backup, along with Rolle.

  4. grs27 says: Mar 12, 2013 2:55 PM

    Have to love it when your players want to stay. Teams that have a long history of winning Super Bowls tend to have players that want to continue play for them.

  5. 3yardsndust says: Mar 12, 2013 2:56 PM

    Foote was very productive last year. Healthy, too.

  6. killerstiller says: Mar 12, 2013 2:57 PM

    Sign Dan Connor & put him beside Foote. Kick Timmons out to Harrison’s spot. He will be a terror with his speed.

  7. stainlessstill says: Mar 12, 2013 2:57 PM

    If there is ANY FO that has a plan and simply knows what their doing, it’s Pittsburgh. No doubt in my mind we are building the necc. depth and team to rebound for 2013. Staying healthy is the key element in the Steelers looking like their usual ‘selves in ’13. Our FO has dealt with tough decisions and cap casualties for YEARS. It’s nothing new, yet, we find a way to build a solid football team & that’s what we’re doing. Only delusional fans count out Pittsburgh at any moment.

  8. Just a Fan says: Mar 12, 2013 2:58 PM

    Sign conner anyway….he’s young and a posistion of need.

  9. modellforprez says: Mar 12, 2013 2:58 PM

    should not affect getting connor because they can still slide timmons outside to fill harrisons void and foote and connor can play in with wood and timmons outside

  10. touchdowndances says: Mar 12, 2013 2:58 PM

    Yep, judging by that pedestrian 8-8 record last year, they are rolling!

  11. ravenator says: Mar 12, 2013 2:58 PM

    I seriously can’t stop laughing at the fans who applaud this strategy. Sooo funny, they have no conception of balancing the books.

  12. gbmickey says: Mar 12, 2013 3:00 PM

    You call what they are doing a plan? For most it is seen as an act of desperation because of poor cap management. Robbing peter to pay paul is mortgaging the future. How many restructures is it now?

  13. killerstiller says: Mar 12, 2013 3:01 PM

    Trade Ike & a 1st to the Jets for Revis & sign him to a big contract. I hope they get Troy to take a pay cut w/incentives to earn it back. If not, may have to make the hard decision to cut him.

  14. Steeley McBeam says: Mar 12, 2013 3:08 PM

    Oh man, I totally forgot that Ravens fans know what theyre talking about moreso than the Steelers FO. Guess theyre gonna suck forever since theyre restructing all these deals.

    Oh wait, they have been restructuring deals for 9 years now and the worst they have to show for it is 8-8…

  15. ottomanismydog says: Mar 12, 2013 3:09 PM

    Shows how much confidence they have in Worlids if they sign Connor and kick Timmons outside. WHY DID WE PASS UP SEAN LEE????

  16. jr4real says: Mar 12, 2013 3:13 PM

    ravenator says: Mar 12, 2013 2:58 PM

    I seriously can’t stop laughing at the fans who applaud this strategy. Sooo funny, they have no conception of balancing the books.

    ————————————————

    Nice move with Boldin. No, cutting him wasn’t your only choice. you could have signed him but you have $120M locked up on a less than ave QB.

  17. ravenution says: Mar 12, 2013 3:16 PM

    Steelers are older “and slower. Enjoy last place.

  18. krispyone says: Mar 12, 2013 3:17 PM

    ravenator says:
    Mar 12, 2013 2:58 PM
    I seriously can’t stop laughing at the fans who applaud this strategy. Sooo funny, they have no conception of balancing the books.

    And I cant stop laughing at idiots like you. You actually think you know more about running a FO then the professionals who do it for a living. If you are so much smarter than the Steelers FO, youd have a job as a general manager somewhere, and not the greeter at Walmart like you are now!!!

  19. sportsfrenzy says: Mar 12, 2013 3:17 PM

    And the ravens have done what to help their team next season ? They let go their best receiver , their leader on defense retires , their starting center retires , their left tackle is leaving , Ed Reed is leaving , they over payed flacco .
    Oh wait you signed David reed and James ihedibgo back , great work Ozzie

  20. schmitty2 says: Mar 12, 2013 3:19 PM

    ravenator says:Mar 12, 2013 2:58 PM

    I seriously can’t stop laughing at the fans who applaud this strategy. Sooo funny, they have no conception of balancing the books.

    Are you really that dumb? Your bashing another team when your team is imploding before everyones eyes?

  21. blackngold4life says: Mar 12, 2013 3:20 PM

    Seen Foote commin back when I heard about Spence still not being ready to go..As Far as Woodley is concerned.. his heads on the chopping block. I bet if he has the same lack of production and injuries he had last year he will be cut in 2014..and anyone who saw Timmons play OLB knows he’s way better inside..Not sayin they can’t mix it up some.Woodley needs to take Harrison’s spot just because Keisel would be more help then Ziggy on the other side. We still need a young pass rushing freak in the draft

  22. realdealsteel says: Mar 12, 2013 3:26 PM

    No more security blanket for Flacco now that Boldin is gone. Ravens won’t make the playoffs this season. Write it down!

  23. richie500 says: Mar 12, 2013 3:37 PM

    Long season coming up Steeler fans! When Foote is your starting LB your in trouble!
    This team is void of any playmakers on either side of the ball. Cutting there only pass rusher that can sack,fumble is going to hurt.
    I see 6 wins just because of Ben.
    Be realistic guys and quit looking through black and gold glasses!
    This from a Steeler fan.

  24. enoughofthatalready says: Mar 12, 2013 3:48 PM

    8-8 record while having 3/4 of your starters missing playing time due to injury (10 of 11 on the offense) plus playing games with your 3rd Qb, 4th RB and a WR off the street.

    As far as moving cap numbers to future years, the cap historically increases, so why not?

  25. enoughofthatalready says: Mar 12, 2013 3:49 PM

    Older and Slower? You said that last year and the defense (the oldest of the units) was #1 last year.

  26. enoughofthatalready says: Mar 12, 2013 3:52 PM

    richie, while I agree with the 6-10 record, your assessment is way off. Ben was off to his best statistical season by far before he was injured and the Steelers were 6-2 at that point with dumb losses to the Titans & Raiders which were at fault of the coaching (having your kicker attempt a game-ending career long FG only to have the other team get the short field and kick the winning FG). The problem is the secondary and the running game. The secondary cannot hold up the receivers giving the LB the chance to sack and the lack of running game is allowing defenses to key in on the passing game. Ben will be fine as long as the line holds up.

  27. Nick says: Mar 12, 2013 3:54 PM

    I don’t see all this restructuring as a good plan. I think it’s no secret that the Ravens modeled their front office after the Steelers but the Steelers seem to have become all heart and no head. Both of these teams are known for letting high priced free agents walk and cutting or trading their aging stars as their price raises over their talent.

    It used to be the same story about both these teams every year: not big enough splash signings, lost too many players, the decline is coming; and every year they were good because they made smart signings and built through the draft. The Steelers seem to be desperately trying to hold onto the scraps of their powerhouse team from last decade.

    I don’t see how another year older helps this team as they bleed playmakers on offense. Ben will be Ben for a few more years but there doesn’t seem to be much talent around him anymore but Brown.

  28. steel6curtain says: Mar 12, 2013 4:02 PM

    richie500….yea we are in big trouble with foote!…you know the guy who had 113 tackles last year while not missing a single game. you must be related to ravenator to be so ignorantly stupid to comment on something you know nothing about

  29. sallust99 says: Mar 12, 2013 4:11 PM

    6 Lombardis and down to the final four teams in the league the following years:

    1972
    1974
    1975
    1976
    1978
    1979
    1984
    1994
    1995
    1997
    2001
    2004
    2005
    2008
    2010

    Again, facts are stubborn things.

    Who has had more sucess than that?

    The answer is no one.

    AND IT’S NOT BY ACCIDENT.

    Anyone who questions the Steelers’ committment to winning must not understand history. And history we all know will repeat itself. The best run PRO franchise is here to stay. BLACK AND GOLD!

  30. tedmurph says: Mar 12, 2013 4:30 PM

    steelers have now borrowed 64 mil from future caps, THIS YEAR. Pure genius. That better be one hell of a tv contract. Signing Burress, Gay and Foote should really put them over the top.

  31. blackngold4life says: Mar 12, 2013 4:47 PM

    Those “Old n Slow” guys did pretty damn good if you ask me..as they do Every year..We had some hickups early..but that had very little to do with Foote (The old Guy) but more to do with Harrison (injured) & gone Woodley (injured) and Hampton (The guy fat Guy) and likely gone or replaced by McClendon.. Hood (just hasent lived up to #1 pick) Keisel had a decent year (being old and all) My worries are on the under achieving Offense. We need a top 10 RB thru the draft and a WR in the 1st 2 rounds..or OLB if one falls to us.The rest will take care of itself.

  32. steelersfan80 says: Mar 12, 2013 4:48 PM

    All u people saying kick Timmons outside r stupid if u kick him out he will struggle he has struggled at outside backer before so get Connor and draft a rookie linebacker to replace Harrison they can get a receiver in the 2nd round that’s the smart way to go it would add depth cause they still have woirlds and he’s been solid so they can develop a young guy from the draft

  33. steelersfan80 says: Mar 12, 2013 4:48 PM

    All u people saying kick Timmons outside r stupid if u kick him out he will struggle he has struggled at outside backer before so get Connor and draft a rookie linebacker to replace Harrison they can get a receiver in the 2nd round that’s the smart way to go it would add depth cause they still have woirlds and he’s been solid so they can develop a young guy from the draft

  34. steelersfan80 says: Mar 12, 2013 4:48 PM

    All u people saying kick Timmons outside r stupid if u kick him out he will struggle he has struggled at outside backer before so get Connor and draft a rookie linebacker to replace Harrison they can get a receiver in the 2nd round that’s the smart way to go it would add depth cause they still have woirlds and he’s been solid so they can develop a young guy from the draft

  35. steelersfan80 says: Mar 12, 2013 4:48 PM

    All u people saying kick Timmons outside r stupid if u kick him out he will struggle he has struggled at outside backer before so get Connor and draft a rookie linebacker to replace Harrison they can get a receiver in the 2nd round that’s the smart way to go it would add depth cause they still have woirlds and he’s been solid so they can develop a young guy from the draft

  36. steelersfan80 says: Mar 12, 2013 4:48 PM

    All u people saying kick Timmons outside r stupid if u kick him out he will struggle he has struggled at outside backer before so get Connor and draft a rookie linebacker to replace Harrison they can get a receiver in the 2nd round that’s the smart way to go it would add depth cause they still have woirlds and he’s been solid so they can develop a young guy from the draft

  37. clashpoint says: Mar 12, 2013 7:10 PM

    Foote had his best year ever last year for the #1 d in the league. Still hope they get connors too, then plus a rookie, they will have some legit depth for next year. Pretty good signing.

    To start the next year, on offense the steelers will have as many as 10 starters 4 years or younger. On defense, they are a bit older, but still have a lot younger players. Only foote and keisal (and possibly hampton if he comesback) who are older players among their front seven. The #1 secondary in the league will have 3 of their 4 starters older, but still have a great deal of young talent, especially at corner. The draft will bring more younger players as well. Only the football ignorant still think they are an old team. This signing is for quality veteran leadership and it’s a good one.

  38. 1mommicked1 says: Mar 12, 2013 7:40 PM

    if you want to be honest about it, troy p is the most over-rated player in the nfl. too may injuries, not enough contribution.

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