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    Pittsburgh Steelers release veteran starting inside linebacker Larry Foote - ESPN

    We need this guy. Now.

    He's a top flight ILB. DJ/Foote/Thomas/Vrabel is a shockingly good LB corps for this season and beyond.

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    I read that he's stated he wants to play for his hometown Lions.
    Last edited by yashi; 04-28-2009 at 03:03 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KansasCityChris View Post
    I doubt that Pioli is gonna spend anymore of our money on LB's in this offseason. Although he may be a good pick up for long term issues, we have 3 new LB veterans that will be starting for us.
    We have two - Vrabel and Thomas. Beisel is a reserve.

    And we have more than enough cap money to sign ten Footes.

    yashi, I hope you're wrong.

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    Lets grab him up!

    Im on on the Foote wagon !

    This guy is a veteran (not too old though) 3-4 MLB who knows how to win~! he can only help us, and we have plenty of cap space left.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KansasCityChris View Post
    Regardless of our cap sotuation or what you feel our starting line up is I feel that Pioli is done getting FA Veterans in the LB position. I see him more interested in getting UDFA to sign with the squad for the future.
    Foote is only 28. He'll be in his prime for five or six more years.

    I understand wanting youth, but come on!

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    There was no trade value for this guy?
    Why was he released?
    SHUT IT

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmlamerson View Post
    Foote is only 28. He'll be in his prime for five or six more years.

    I understand wanting youth, but come on!
    Not to take anything away from Foote, he's a good player but he was by far the worst of the Steelers linebackers (not necessarily a bad thing). That includes his backup, Lawrence Timmons, who ended up taking a lot of his playing time away and is now causing him to be cut.

    Another question arises, is he necessarily that good, or a product of a great scheme and surrounding talent? These types of players usually get overpaid (see Bart Scott).

    ESPN Scouting Report:
    Foote is an emotional player who gives it everything he has, but he isn't particularly big, strong, fast or athletic. His ability to read and diagnose plays against the run and pass is an underrated aspect of his repertoire. He isn't massive, but doesn't hesitate to take on bigger blockers or a fullback in the hole. He is a good tackler, but not a thumper. He times his blitzes well and has a strong understanding of Pittsburgh's complex blitz packages, but he doesn't overwhelm pass blockers with his physicality or array of moves. He is also a good, but not great, coverage player, who reads routes well but is hindered by his tools. His change-of-direction ability is marginal and he can look stiff in space. Throughout his career in the NFL, he has consistently become a better and better football player, but may have hit his peak at this point of his career.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bike View Post
    There was no trade value for this guy?
    Why was he released?
    Salary cap reasons, per the article. Foote was set to cost $3.5M this season, and the Steelers wanted Lawrence Timmons to start in his spot. They didn't want to spend $3.5M on a backup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bike View Post
    There was no trade value for this guy?
    Why was he released?
    Good question.


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    If we could land Foote it would be too good to be true. Ill take anything from that Pittsburg D. He played an important role.

    You want to talk about a scary LB core!

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