Report: LB Dan Connor To Visit Steelers, Cardinals Pursuing LB Larry Foote

According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports on Twitter, inside linebacker Dan Connor, who was released Monday by the Dallas Cowboys, will likely visit the Pittsburgh Steelers sometime this week. La Canfora also is reported that Steelers linebacker Larry Foote, an unrestricted free agent in a matter of hours, is being pursued heavily by the Arizona Cardinals.

Connor, a Penn State product, was originally drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the third round of the 2008 draft. After four seasons in Carolina he was signed by the Dallas Cowboys to a two-year contract last year.

Connor, if signed, would be a candidate to play the BUCK linebacker spot that could become open should Foote not return.

Foote, the Steelers starting BUCK linebacker last season, had said a few weeks ago that he had talked to the Steelers about re-signing, but that a deal was not imminent. He signed back with the Steelers in 2010 after spending one season with the Detroit Lions in 2009.

  • Addison

    Is it time to hit the panic button on LBs. Arizona has envy problems.

  • Jollyrob68

    Hoping we sign Connor and move on from Foote. Then Connor,Rolle & Wilson can battle it out for the Buck position.

  • Paul

    Who cares, let him go!

  • Paul

    He can’t cover just like Foote so who cares!

  • steeltown

    I’d be surprised if Foote signs with ARI.. he said he doesnt want to go anywhere and learned his lesson when he played in DET for one season…. BUT, if they make him an offer he cant refuse, he might just take it

  • Jefferson_St_Joe

    There are enough average starting linebackers available to wait and find a bargain. The fact that the Steelers actually have a starting role available may allow them to get one of the better ones of the lot for a year while they try to prove themselves.

  • Kysteeler

    Ill take it for a stop gap guy until someone can be groomed

  • walter mason

    Foote should have been signed by now for the Steelers. Lets hope we dont have to offer that Sylvestor guy a contract.

  • Clint Martin

    Steelers are not keeping Foote he would have been signed already.They need a young guy that can cover ground.

  • Christopher Wilkes

    Foote is just trying to gain leverage. So are the Steelers. Maybe Foote needs to be shown his highlight reel from the year he spent in Detroit.

  • steeltown

    Just because the Steelers havent signed Foote yet doesnt mean they wont.. they can sign him whenever they want (unless he signs elsewhere of course) Look at last year, vet players like Max Starks didnt sign their one year deals till mid July

  • CrRe

    Bringing in Connor is intriguing. He could pan out to be the next Farrior. And maybe since he went to Penn State, grew up in PA he is a Steeler fan, which could be more incentive to work that much harder and finally break out.

    Or he might just be a Philly fan since his hometown is closer to Philly, haha and hates the Steelers, haha.

  • Somebody call Henderson from the Vikings please.

  • urstudent

    Of course its the cardinals who are interested in him

  • steeltown

    Of course… I could see ARI signing Starks and Legursky as well

  • zyzak

    No way he’s slowwwwwwwwwwwww

  • Chris S

    I’ve been saying Connor and/or Larry Grant for ILB for the last year now. I don’t hate Foote like a lot out there…but these guys are both younger…and could fill the spot for be it a couple years or more even.

  • SteelSpine

    The next Farrior, hmm. While I hope you’re right:
    – Ryan Mundy also grew up a Steeler fan.
    – Some folks in the past had hoped Connor could become anywhere near close enough to Sean Lee in NFL ability, then they found it was a huge difference. That includes Dall Cryboys got him off the street because their 2 ILB positions were decimated & even worse than our LB situation is.

  • SteelSpine

    Re Connor:
    If bring in Connor, sorry but it’s scraping the bottom of the barrel. I guess Connor would be cheap competition on training camp, & since in camp he might not be going against real thing he’d see in regular season, maybe his lack of speed wont be noticeable in training camp & therefore makes the team. Our question marks of the Rolle & McFadden & whatever other young bodies we have (Wilson or BJohnson) are who I’d like to see get a chance to compete against each other in camp.

  • Jollyrob68

    Grant would be Awesome as well as Henderson. I’d take as many as possible and let them battle it out.