May 6, 2009
According to reports, former Steelers linebacker Larry Foote has signed a one year contract with his hometown Detroit Lions. Terms of the deal have not been released.
“It’s like 90% done”, said Foote. Apparently, Foote and the Lions have agreed on the contract value. However, they are still working out final details of the payment schedule and the guaranteed portion of the deal.
Foote, who is from Detroit and played college football for the University of Michigan, asked the Steelers to release him so that he could sign with his hometown team.
Foote probably got a rude awakening when the Steelers got no trade offers for him. Then, to add insult to injury, the 0-16 Detroit Lions weren’t willing to offer him more than a 1 year deal. Ouch!
The lions are badly in need of linebacker help, and not many players are actually REQUESTING to play for the Lions like Foote did. You’d think the Lions would be excited about adding a veteran LB and Super Bowl champ to their pathetic roster. But I guess not.
Foote indicated that several other teams, including the Arizona Cardinals (what a surprise), Kansas City Chiefs, and Indianapolis Colts, were interested in acquiring his services. But ultimately, he decided to go home to Detroit.
So Larry will have to settle for a one year contract, and earn a longer deal. Kinda sucks, but that’s life in the NFL.
Good luck, Larry. You got what you wanted. I hope you can live with that.
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