Free Agency Chatter: Cardinals luring Larry Foote away from Steelers?


LATEST LARRY FOOTE RUMORS The vibe inside Steelers circles for weeks has been that veteran linebacker Larry Foote was considered a near lock to return to the Steelers as the two sides opened preliminary discussions in mid-February on a one year deal. With free agency just hours away, something appears up with Foote still unsigned. Agent Brian Levy,

Four Steelers UFA’s with best odds of resigning


STEELERS FREE AGENCY BUZZ Out of the Steelers 17 unrestricted free agents, several won’t be back, and few are a priority for the team who don’t plan to resign notable veterans Max Starks and Casey Hampton, and expect Mike Wallace and Ramon Foster to sign bigger deals elsewhere. The Steelers today are meeting with WR Steve Breaston at their team facility and there continues to be a sense that the Steelers get a deal done with Breaston at some point for the sole reason that there’s really not a market out there for the 29 year old receiver. However, the Steelers are only willing to offer the league minimum and they have felt Breaston wants more money than they are willing to offer, so it’s very possible things fall through. Meanwhile, free agency is 13 days away and here’s some buzz in Steelers circles of four players considered to haveRead More »

Post-Game Buzz: As Steelers finish 8-8, Foote believes he’s put enough on film this season to return in 2013, if Steelers want him


POST-GAME BUZZ By Dale Grdnic PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers secured a 24-10 season-ending victory against the Cleveland Browns Sunday afternoon at Heinz Field by running the ball hard, passing it efficiently and forcing turnovers on defense, things they didn’t do consistently throughout a year that ended with an 8-8 record. That mark wasn’t good enough to qualify for the AFC playoffs, and it was the second time in four seasons that didn’t happen for Steelers coach Mike Tomlin. “Obviously, we’ve experienced some professional disappointment in the big picture,” Tomlin said during his post-game press conference. “But in the small picture, we had a game to play today, and a game to prepare for today and win. (So), it was a good winning note for us and a good team effort.” There were contributions from several players on both sides of the ball, but none were bigger than Cortez Allen.Read More »

Larry Foote, Steelers close to finalizing 3 year deal worth close to $8.85 million


The Pittsburgh Steelers and linebacker Larry Foote are in the process of finalizing a three year deal with the total worth of the contract worth close to $8.85 million, according to a league source. Barring an unforeseen development, Foote is expected to officially sign with the Steelers Monday morning and could participate in Monday’s OTA workouts. The Steelers have been courting Foote with a multi-year offer as the team has been in contact with agent Brian Levy. The parameters of the deal is finalized and Foote will receive upwards of $2.25 million per season. Although the Steelers are not offering Foote a starting job, he is being pursued as a potential replacement for close friend James Farrior beyond next season. Foote returning to Pittsburgh is a surprising development after the veteran linebacker reportedly was seeking a three year deal upwards of $14 million and a starting job. After a oneRead More »

Wednesday Practice Report: Mendenhall expected to make second straight start


By Mike Bires From all indications, Rashard Mendenhall will make his second straight start Sunday when the Steelers play in Detroit. For one thing, Willie Parker missed practice again Wednesday with his turf toe injury. So he hasn’t even practiced or played any football since the Sept. 27 loss in Cincinnati.

Timmons has quickly become indispensable in the Steelers defense


When it comes to how the Steelers injuries are judged, we have a warped perspective of their impact. First of all, we compare every one to what seems to be the weekly drama surrounding Ben Roethlisberger’s injury du jour. Then there are the other star players who are also constantly on the injury list but tend to gut it out with less fanfare (the names Hines Ward and Troy Polamalu come to mind). But when Lawrence Timmons was seen walking around the Steelers facility in a boot following his ankle sprain against Buffalo two weeks ago, my antenna definitely went up. And that’s an injury that deserved more focus going into Thursday’s opener against the Tennessee Titans. Coach Mike Tomlin called him “a question mark” heading into the Labor Day weekend. He wasn’t practicing as recently as Sunday. “I should be out a week… and some change,” Timmons said lastRead More »

Larry Foote wants to join the Detroit Lions


Foote on the possibility of joining the Lions “Detroit is always No. 1,” said Foote, a Pershing grad who still spends his offseason in Detroit. “I mean, my agent is talking to them about me coming home, and we’ll go from there. But no question about it, that’s my first choice.” “I’ve been forcing (his release) the whole offseason,” said Foote, whose strength as a run defender certainly adds to his appeal for the Lions. “I’ve been asking for it all offseason, asking for a trade, and I guess they finally did something. I wish they’d have done it a little earlier. Technically, I’m a free man now, but a lot of the money (in free agency) has been spent. … “I don’t know what the Steelers were doing in the whole process. They kept saying they were trying to get a trade. I know they were in talks withRead More »

NFL: Steelers to part ways with Larry Foote


A move that has been expected since the season ended in February, the Pittsburgh Steelers will cut ties with linebacker Larry Foote within the next week. Profootballtalk first reported this afternoon of the Steelers intentions to release Foote, citing a league source. Foote who has fell behind 2007 first round pick Lawrence Timmons on the depth chart, was due a salary of $2,885,000 in 2009. The Steelers were shopping Foote prior to the draft and the move will create cap space for the Steelers. Foote did not attend the Steelers OTA workouts last week but his agent did confirm that Foote would show up to mini-camp. The release will not happen until next week because

Pursuit of veteran wideout has no bearing on Limas Sweed


The pursuit of free agent wide receiver Ashley Lelie has no bearing on the progress of 2008 second round pick Limas Sweed. The pursuit of Lelie is to bring him in as a 4th receiver and act as a possible fall back plan if Sweed doesn‚Äôt progress into the #3 receiver that the Steelers think he will. 2009 3rd round pick Mike Wallace will contribute on special teams but he needs a lot of work on his route running as he makes the jump to the NFL. As of early Tuesday afternoon, the Steelers have yet to make an official offer to Lelie but Lelie‚Äôs representatives expect an offer to be made by mid-week. As expected the Steelers will release or trade linebacker Larry Foote within the next week. Mike Tomlin wanted to keep Foote but financial reasons played a factor in this move as the Steelers have a needRead More »