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Report says Larry Foote coming back to the Steelers

The Post-Gazette reports that it appears that linebacker Larry Foote could be ready to rejoin the Steelers – if he wants to come back to the team he won a Super Bowl with:

The Steelers are interested in bringing back one of their former players — inside linebacker Larry Foote — to improve their depth and create some flexibility at the linebacker position, the Post-Gazette has learned. However, the Steelers are waiting to see if Foote, who is an unrestricted free agent after playing one with the Detroit Lions, is willing to return. Foote, 29, is scheduled to meet today with the Washington Redskins, where former Steelers defensive assistant Lou Spanos is the new linebackers coach; and later this week with the Arizona Cardinals, where he would be reunited with former Steelers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt.

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  1. mark

    March 8, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    Should have signed him before he left in the first place. Solid player that would have allowed Timmons to play instead of Farrior in the passing downs. Now he is a year older. I would like to see him back though. What about Porter for depth?

  2. jay

    March 8, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    I agree with Mark and don’t think this (unlike the free agent signings) is a bad move. Foote was the run stopper and Farrior (when he could actually run) was the pass guy (an oversimplification I know), last year Farrier who could no longer run was still pass coverage dude while Timmons was run stuffer. Now maybe Foote, assuming he’s a little faster than Farrior, can step back into the run stuffing allowing, like Mark says, to go and match up against the Ray Rice’s of the world. Fox could even rotate in with Foote allowing Farrior to what the hell play a little special teams—-hey, ya come into the world crawling, ya go out crawling, ya come into the nfl on special teams…..Now the question is, do we really grab an O-lineman in round 1? Iupati? one of the tackles?

  3. DrGeorge

    March 8, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    It all comes down to money, and the Steelers will be financially prudent, as always. Without a labor agreement or a salary cap this year, things in the NFL are going to get squirrelly, but the Rooneys are not Dan Snyder and won’t overpay for talent. I view Allen as an improvement to special teams; Battle as a blocking WR more than a true receiver; and Foote as needed insurance against LB injuries -necessary nuts and bolts acquisitions that can help the team, but nothing to get lathered about.

    However, these acquisitions ought to free up a pick or two. Maybe Mark and Jay’s Draft Day wishes will come true after all.

  4. mark

    March 9, 2010 at 8:31 am

    Now we can settle on the CB or Stud OL that they need in the draft!

  5. Jim

    March 9, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    Resigning Foote, signing Allen, and resigning Clark help shore up safety and LB. I agree it frees up the draft a little to use #1 and #2 for CB with hands, but versus stud OL should maybe do stud DL. It’s still the oldest group on the team and should use this year and next year’s #1 or #2 to combine with Ziggy Hood for the future starting DL. Hope the new OL coach can develop high OL draftees (i.e. Urbik) into players. Bad sign if the #79 overall pick in Rd 3 ends up not playing?

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