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Insider Only NFL: Steelers linebacker “Wouldn’t be surprised if he’s traded or released”

With one year remaining on his contract, Larry Foote is uncertain about his future with the Super Bowl champions in 09

Larry Foote, speaking to ESPN Radio today, indicated he would not be surprised if he’s either “traded or released” this off-season. Foote is saying all the right things that he would like to return but did indicate that the 09 season will be his eigth season in the NFL and you could get the vibe that he must know something, in regards that the Steelers may go in another direction.
The Steelers keep things very quiet but from what we’ve been able to gather, the Steelers will listen to offers for Foote, but they are open to him returning. A final decision has not been made yet about Foote’s future with the team as the Steelers have begun their off-season plans. Nonetheless it is very interesting to hear those words come out of Foote’s mouth about a possible release or trade. — Staff
From Janaury 30, 2009
Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Larry Foote could be playing his last game in a Steelers uniform on Sunday. Foote who signed a five-year, $13.43 million contract in 2005 has one year remaining on his contract. Foote will earn $2.885 million in 09 and it is believed Foote is very interested in playing for the Detroit Lions next season if the Steelers decide to part ways with Foote.
According to the Detroit Free-Press, Brian Blackburn, Foote’s close friend and occasional offseason lifting parner told the paper that Foote wants to play for the Lions. Blackburn went on to say, ” This is the last year of his contract, and he wants to come back here and play for the Lions for about four years and call it quits after that.” Blackburn also stated that Foote has a desire to set up programs for inner-city kids in Detroit, and possibly end up coaching at Detroit Pershing, his high school alma mater.
Lawrence Timmons will receive increase playing time in 09 which could lead to the departure of Foote.

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