ILB Foote Back With The Steelers With A Multi-Year Deal

The Steelers made some moves on day one of free agency, bringing back LB Larry Foote with a multi-year deal.

Rumors had Foote heading to join former Steelers OC Bruce Arians and the Cardinals, but the Steelers got him to agreed to a deal just a few hours before free agency started.

Foote was the teams leading tackler from last year’s top-ranked defense.

The 32-year-old in 16 starts finished with a career-high 113 tackles and tied a career best with four sacks.

The club also will visit with Dallas ILB Dan Connor, but with Foote coming back, one has to wonder why the Steelers would even chat with Connor.

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  • Black&gold4life

    Foote gets caught up in the wash sometime on outside runs..but he probably had his best year..don’t know too much about Connor but my Cowboy buddies say he’s decent against the run and pass. I say we keep the $ and draft another ILB. Spence’s health dosent seem to be any brighter then it was at the end of last year. Sylvester is probably on his way out so I guess the Steelers are being “safe” if anything we need to look at OLB.

  • Steve Geddes

    Glad to see Larry back he comes to play He’s another True Steeler!!!

    • George H

      Not a bad veteran with leadership, but even though he had his “best season” last year he ranked near the bottom in some of the advanced NFL stats. For instance, he ranked I believe in the mid to late 20s among inside linebackers against the run on 3rd down and tackles for a loss. He doesn’t generate much pressure and can’t do much in a zone coverage. I don’t mind the signing because we currently don’t have anyone else that isn’t a major question mark. If we’re supposed to be getting younger, I would rather draft his replacement this year and either let the rookie start or go in the FA and get a guy like Conner.

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