Report: Steelers Re-sign LB Larry Foote To Multi-year Deal Before Start Of Free Agency

Updating a report from earlier on Tuesday, the Pittsburgh Steelers are negotiating with inside linebacker Larry Foote in hopes of re-signing him before the start of free agency later on today, according to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Twitter.

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported earlier on Tuesday that the Arizona Cardinals were interested in signing the soon-to-be free agent linebacker, who started all 16 games for the Steelers last season.

Foote said a few weeks ago that he had already discussed returning in 2013, but that a deal was not imminent at that time.

Foote registered 133 total tackles in his first full season at the starting BUCK position inside. He also forced 2 fumbles and recorded 4 sacks.

UPDATE: The Steelers have reached agreement on a multi-year deal with Foote, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN on Twitter.

  • steeltown

    Yes sir.. dont care what anyone says, we need him for atleast one more season

  • Chris S

    I’ll wait to give my opinions until I see the numbers on this deal. As it better not be big money or starter money beyond this year.

  • steeltown

    Foote did say that he’d play for less money to stay in Pittsburgh, lets hope that holds true

  • Dan

    Yep, with our scheme and Harrison gone, I wasn’t thrilled at the prospect of two new starters side by side in the LB corps. Assuming this is a reasonable price, it seems like a good idea.

  • Chris S

    yeah…thats while I’m holding out hope…and like the Depot here tweeted…its highly unlikely he makes it all 3 but still. Also I hope they still bring in Connor and maybe even sign him to a small reasonable deal.

  • TsarPepe

    Everyone expected this to be a one year deal. What made them change their minds?

  • steeltown

    I bet its a two or three year deal, worth $3-5MIL

  • RW

    I don’t like that it’s multi-year, either, because he can’t play special teams. We need to get our young guys on the field to see if they can play.

  • SteelSpine

    If watched Connor, afterward you too would scramble to sign Foote. Suddenly Foote doesn’t look so slow afterall 🙂 We were scraping bottom of the barrel for more camp bodies to compete for stopgap ILB for next year. A rookie we get this spring won’t be allowed to play for LeBeau in regular season until 2 to 5 years later, heh.

  • CrRe

    Yeah, man that is what I said. I will be ticked if they over payed this sucker!! I don’t care how desperate we are. I am hoping it is a deal like Foster’s.

  • SteelSpine

    That gives me an idea: Lets start a rumor Arizona is interested in signing McClendon, if that’s what it takes for Steelers to go-ahead sign McClendon to a multi-year deal. Lets get that deal over with too.

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  • SteelSpine

    I figured the guy who’ll be so excited about the news is Steeltown. Congrats!

  • steeltown

    You know this ‘sucker’ was our Teams leading tackler last season

  • steeltown

    Hey we had no replacement man, it was the smart move

    I like it!

  • TheBlitz

    Well said!

    113 Tackles; 75 Solo; 4 sacks

    Not so bad for a 32 years old sucker!

  • steeltown

    ..and 2 FF

  • westernsteel

    Right, I can’t imagine who would start if Foote was gone.

  • steeltown

    Always one injury away..

    Foote and Timmons played every snap last season.. I doubt that happens again

  • NW86

    I’m sure it was so that they could give him a signing bonus and spread the cap hit into the future to minimize this year’s cap hit. I’m sure it isn’t a big contract – probably somewhere between Gay’s and Foster’s.

  • CrRe

    Read my comment. I don’t want them overpaying him. Who knows if we are going to sign Lewis. But lets just say they overpay Foote and it cost us from signing Lewis. How would you like that then? That was my point, don’t overpay the sucker to where it cost us from signing our youth entering their prime.

    If it came down to it, I would rather deal with replacing Foote in the lineup than to be trying to find Ike Taylor’s long term replacement. Especially when we already have him when Allen and Lewis are both on the roster.

  • TsarPepe

    Makes sense. I thought it may have to do with him receiving a multi-year rumors from AZ.

  • steeltown

    Look at my avatar. I WANT Lewis to be re-signed, but we have no replacement at BUCK ILB as it stands now, we had to re-sign Foote.

    Atleast we’ll have Cortez Allen if Lewis signs elsewhere

  • westernsteel

    This probably wasn’t the plan a year ago when they drafted Spence! But, I will gladly have Foote another year or two (not three)

  • This “sucker” also calls all of the Defensive plays…you know, the one that is consistently in the top 3 rated every year?? Wake up.

  • westernsteel

    Exactly, what what they do if Foote left town? They didn’t have many options. I can see them drafting an ILB early 2014 draft.

  • CrRe

    I see Lewis more crucial for the Steelers in their long term attmpt to be contenders than for a Foote signing.

    See since the Steelers never use an early pick on a CB they are left at best of a 50/50 chance of their drafted CBs panning out to be an adequate starter.

    Yes, Allen can be a good replacement for Lewis, in the event that Lewis leaves, but the real concern is having to try to find Taylor’s eventual replacement. Because the turn around for a CB to start in the Steelers defense is like two years (probably the max years Taylor has left) it leaves the Steelers in a position that the CB they draft almost has to pan out. Otherwise in two years we are sitting with Allen and whatever scrub CBs we have rostered.

    Not to mention, CB all of a sudden becomes a pretty pressing need starting this year along with both safety positions. This potentially causes our secondary to be a major weakness in a couple years if the CBs we draft don’t pan out. Based on past experience the chance of this being our position actually stands pretty high at 50/50. Unless, they however, decided to draft a CB early which would at least raise the chances of the CB panning out. I would not bank on them drafting one early based on past drafts, though it would not be fair to role it out completely from happening.

    I say all this because this is the background to my comment as why I would cringe at the fact of them overpaying Foote. I am not opposed to the Foote singing, I think it was a good move, in as much as it doesn’t end up being the thing that cost Steelers from signing Lewis. However, at this point though it is sort of irrelevant since we don’t know whether or not the Steelers over payed Foote nor do we know whether or not a team will over pay Lewis. Obviously, in the event a team overpays Lewis significantly it may not matter what they ultimately payed Foote.

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  • CrRe

    When did you buy your L. Foote jersey?

    If you had to pick one of the two FA signings who would you pick, K. Lewis or Foote?

    Read my comments above, please.

  • I would pick Foote because we have Allen to step up if Lewis leaves. Who would step up if Foote leaves and call the plays that Lewis has gotten attention for? The Steelers have a number for Lewis so if someone offers him a bit more, he is gone. They can control what happens at ILB and they did just that. I don’t buy jerseys.

  • CrRe

    I did read about them interested in D. Connor. What about sign him and let Timmons call plays?

    Allen fixes the Lewis loss, but that still puts them in a pickle when Taylor needs replaced.

    And I think you would be in the minority when asked who would you sign Lewis or Foote if you could only have one.

  • rob.pghsteelersfan

    Foote will not last 3 more years, this year should be his last. I hope there won’t be future cap hits just to keep him from going to Arizona.

  • Good Corners are much deeper than Good ILBs in this draft. Besides, Lewis (a Steeler System Corner) is not gone as of yet but that may change…I think Taylor has a bit more tread on the tires than some may think. I guess we’ll see.

  • steeltown

    Lewis is definitely more important to the long term, but in regards to this season, 2013, Foote was needed. I doubt that the Foote signing has any bearing on signing Lewis.. what other Teams offer Lewis is what will ultimately be the deciding factor