Foote's Departure Clears $2.885 Million In Cap Space

With the Steelers dumping veteran linebacker Larry Foote, the uncharacteristically cap-strapped defending Super Bowl champs will clear $2.885 million in 2009 salary space.
Foote has started every game for five straight years.  In 2008, he had his lowest output of that half-decade run, with only 63 tackles and 1.5 sacks.
Lawrence Timmons, a 2007 first-round pick, will be expected to earn and keep one of the starting jobs at inside linebacker.  To date, Timmons has been overshadowed by 2007 second-rounder LaMarr Woodley, who has become an impact player on the outside.
And it’s a bit surprising that the Steelers are making the move now, two months after the start of the 2009 league year.  Cutting Foote in February would have given him a fair chance to participate in the free-agent feeding frenzy.
We also wonder whether the locker room will support the sudden departure of Foote, and whether there might be something more to the story that would make the guys left behind more inclined to accept the move.

35 responses to “Foote's Departure Clears $2.885 Million In Cap Space

  1. good, now all timmons needs is a domestic dispute and he will fit right in as a steeler linebacker.

  2. One of his boys was running his mouth about Larry wanting to end his career in Detroit – remember that? Wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up there. Maybe that came to light and made it easier for the team to release him and find the cap relief they need. Still, I think they’ll need even more cap relief, so the question is, who’s next?

  3. ok AZ time to add another steeler to your roster in hopes of becoming a legit team.
    I like foote and he was a good player and i am glad he was a steeler. BUT just like every other steeler that leaves/gets cut he is going to go to another team, get paid a crazy amount of money, and then you never hear his name mentioned again.

  4. Solid player who will find a home, but makes no sense to cut him immediately after the draft when the Steelers draft cap hit was expected. If anything, the Steelers are in a better position than before the draft on the Ward contract restructuring.

  5. DBones….you are a DUmmy. The Steelers are one of the cleanest franchises in any sport. What are you talking about? They are not teh Bengals or the Browns.
    Go back to sleep.

  6. Foote’s release would NOT be much of a shocker to Steeler fans. We saw this coming. (Some begged for it.)
    If true, the timing would appear to suggest that we tried to trade him before/during the draft but could not strike a deal. There may have been no takers given that he was in the final year of his contract with about a $3M salary.
    BUT…
    So far this story is “per a league” source. As of noon Eastern time today, I (for one) can’t find it out there anywhere else just yet.
    So before I say my good-byes to Larry, I think I’ll wait to see it in print somewhere.
    No disrespect, Mike. Just sayin’.

  7. “We also wonder whether the locker room will support the sudden departure of Foote, and whether there might be something more to the story that would make the guys left behind more inclined to accept the move.”
    And I wonder whether this move will somehow increase the Florio-detected tension between Tomlin and Roethlisberger too.
    Foote’s been a great Steeler. But he’s getting up there in miles and as last season wore on, Timmons saw more and more action. I’m surprised anyone is surprised by this move.

  8. I hate to see Larry go, but Timmons will be fine. It was a luxury having them both but they were going to have to choose at some point.

  9. Where have you been, Florio? This was expected, especially if a new deal wasn’t reached with Max Starks.

  10. Must be some source florio….not even ESPN, NFL network, or any of the local news outlets have broken this story today…and considering the local news outlets have broken the “bylsma is interim coach no more” story around 11 this morning its not like they’re sitting on this story!
    not that i doubt you, it was only a matter of time till we let him go, we need the cap space and Timmons has 2 years in the system under his belt and it was time for him to start anyway
    But still….must be a really close source…the kind of source that only someone with strong connections to the team could have….just admit your steelers love already!

  11. “Lawrence Timmons, a 2007 first-round pick, will be expected to earn and keep one of the starting jobs at inside linebacker. To date, Timmons has been overshadowed by 2007 second-rounder LaMarr Woodley, who has become an impact player on the outside.”
    This is bad news for Steeler opponents- By the end of the year Timmons will be in the same breath as Woodley.
    The best linebacker core in football just got better.

  12. I C light pounder says:
    “BUT just like every other steeler that leaves/gets cut he is going to go to another team, get paid a crazy amount of money, and then you never hear his name mentioned again. ”
    Just like Joey Porter and Plaxico Burress?

  13. This is what the Steelers do:
    Draft great young talent, develop them for 2 years and they start for 6-8 seasons.
    They rarely strapped in any position.
    Foote was an obvious move. . . Just sad we couldn’t deal him for a pick.

  14. Beastie Bills says:
    “Just like Joey Porter and Plaxico Burress?”
    We let go of Joey P and all we do is replace him with a defensive player of the year, and we dump Plaxico and win 2 Super Bowl’s in 4 years. Nobody in Pittsburgh is missing either of those two.

  15. Props to you guys! It is past 1:30 p.m. and the news of Foote’s release has yet to make any of Pittsburgh’s news web sites.

  16. The only thing I do not like about this is Steelers lost some valuable depth with his and McFadden’s departure. I dont think the replacements will be as good.
    Still, not a terrible move as 2.8m is still 2.8M. Once again, their recklessness with overpaying their terrible OL is costing them valuable cap space.

  17. People – you are not real good at reading the tea leaves…
    1. Why would you cut Foote before the draft – he could have been packaged with a pick to move up if the need arose and someone was interested – so after draft was smart.
    2. They have another LB in waiting – Bruce Davis – need to get him some playing time.
    3. As for those of you questioning Timmons – if you do some research you will see he was playing half or more of the snaps – and as always being used creatively – taking some of the “rover” role away from Troy….
    I was happy for Joey when he got the big contract – but they have been struggling for cap room without him – and Faneca – and Burress. They would be in real trouble if they had tried to keep any of them…
    The real sleeper is the free agent QB the signed from Central Washington – if they manage to keep him on the practice squad this year it will be Charlie Batch’s last season…

  18. w3stw00d says:
    “We let go of Joey P and all we do is replace him with a defensive player of the year, and we dump Plaxico and win 2 Super Bowl’s in 4 years. Nobody in Pittsburgh is missing either of those two.”
    You’re an idiot. Nowhere in my post did I criticize the steelers for letting either of those guys go. I love the steelers and, you’re right, nobody is missing those guys.

  19. I gotta say, keep Deshea another year or two. He knows the D inside and out. He was always our best corner until a year or two ago when Ike Taylor (and subsequently Brian McFadden and William Gay) developed.

  20. He was cut because he’s on the decline. good teams get rid of players before they are completely shot. The Steelers have been doing this for years with their linebackers with great success.

  21. I think Foote’s release is a mistake. As much progress as Timmons has made, he is not yet a proven commodity. Keeping Foote for the last year of his contract would have been a terrific insurance policy as well as great depth…. there are many other lesser player that could have been let go for cap purposes……
    Good luck Larry..it was great to have you !!!!

  22. It’s now been confirmed but according to Ed Bouchette of the PPG:
    “In a mysterious twist, however, the release is not planned over the next several days and Foote will be kept on the roster for this weekend’s required minicamp, sources said.”
    This has got to be the stupidest thing I have ever heard! Why would they want him at the mini-camp? So he can blow out a knee and leave the steelers on the hook for his $2.85M salary? WTF!
    Also, gota love espn for giving credit to Bouchette for that portion, but no love for Florio for breaking the story to begin with…good ‘ol lenwhale pasquarelli…

  23. This isnt a surprise to Steelers fans, we have been rooting for Timmons to step in since last season. Now that he finally got his chance he will only make the defense better, Foote was good Timmons will be great.
    Also, I wouldnt be too concerned about letting DeShea go. If you are, go watch Keenan Lewis’ highlight videos on YouTube. This guy is a straight stud. Hes huuge, hits like a linebacker and is fast enough to hold coverage downfield. Mark my words, Foote and McFadden will not be missed, we have better players than them on the roster right now. And I was a huge fan of McFadden…

  24. Like NFL films says, there are 31 teams in the NFL and then there are the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers organization is so honest they reported to the league a small bonus the Steelers had paid to a player which should have been counted against the salary cap. The NFL took away third round pick as a penalty. The league would never had known. Look at how many teams circumvent the cap and others, like NE, somehow always have ways to pay all of the free agents big money but are some how under the cap. Brady only get $ 60 million-sure. Sorry Steeler haters- six Super Bowls and counting. Everyone earned legitimately per league officials. By the way, the Warner fumble was looked at in the booth. They simply didn’t call down to the refs on the field. You can’t throw a pass without holding the ball. Wishing for a throwing motion doesn’t make it one. Where were all of you complainers when Polamalu got his interception in the playoff against Indy taken away? How about this past year against SD? Steelers fans don’t cry. I pity you poor losers.

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