Former Steelers linebacker Larry Foote feels that the Steelers “screwed him” and he’s much happier with the Lions…whatever:
All in all, linebacker Larry Foote said the good far outweighed the bad during his stay with the Steelers except for that one final move. It did not come fast enough for him. “They screwed me a little bit,” Foote said yesterday during a conference call with the media here. Foote saw the handwriting on the wall in the form of first-round draft pick Lawrence Timmons. “That was my concern,” Foote said. “I heard through the league that stuff like that happens, but they reassured me that that was not going to happen. “When I talked to Mike Tomlin, they told me that we were going to do the same things as last year; Timmons was going to play on third down, you are going to be in our base and they were telling me that we aren’t going to release you and you aren’t going to take a pay cut. So they told me that and I only have got to take his word, he never lied to me before, but I know this is a business.” They waited until after the draft, then cut him after finding no takers in any trades.
“I was pleading with Kevin Colbert, let’s get it done,” Foote said of the Steelers’ director of football operations. “They said ‘no’ at first, and the most disappointing thing was that they let me go after the draft. “After free agency was over with, I was thinking, well, maybe before the draft, but then they waited to release me after the draft. That was a little bummer because teams had spent their money and plus they had linebackers in the draft. But it worked out how God wanted it to happen, and I got my wish to come home and play.”
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