Former Steelers LB Larry Foote Wants To Play In 2014, But Not For The Veteran Minimum
Former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Larry Foote wants to play a 13th season in the NFL, but he’s only willing to do so if a team pays him what he thinks that he’s worth.
“I got a couple offers,” Foote said in a Thursday morning interview on 93.7 The Fan. “I don’t want to come off stupid, but I just don’t want to play for the league minimum. So I’m hoping, summertime or whatever after the draft, that they can up the ante a little bit, and I’ll play. I’m not going to play for the league minimum.”
Foote, who tore his biceps in the Steelers 2013 season opener, wasn’t willing to name the teams that have shown interest in him, however. He did say that while he’s still working out as if he’s playing in 2014, he’s has had people approach him about coaching.
“I have to really sit down and put some thought in, if I want to coach on that level,” said Foote. “Ideally, I would love to coach high school.”
While Foote said that he and his agent really believed that he’d be back with the Steelers in 2014, he has no hard feelings towards head coach Mike Tomlin or the organization for cutting ties with him last month. Now that he’s a street free agent and coming off of a season enduing injury, he knows he’ll have to sit back and hope for the best.
“I know I’m on deck,” Foote said. “I’ve been on deck the last three or four years, but that batter that’s in the batter’s box- it’s a full count. Hopefully, (there’s a) rain delay or he starts fouling some balls away to preserve my career.”
We will have to see how this all plays out for Foote, but being as he will turn 34 in June, it will be hard for him to find a team willing to pay him more than the veteran league minimum.