According to an ESPN.com report, the Steelers have released linebacker Larry Foote.
A five year starter, Foote played in every game for six straight seasons. Along the way he collected two Super Bowl rings and numerous accolades. But last season he split time with first round pick Lawrence Timmons who showed much greater range than the veteran.
Add in the fact that Foote’s cap hit will be around $3M and it all adds up to Mr. Foote becoming a free agent.
But, the Post Gazette reports that In a mysterious twist, however, the release is not planned over the next several days and Foote will be kept on the roster for this weekend’s required minicamp, sources said.
This lends itself to speculation. Clearly, the Steelers were not planning to release this news immediately and were possibly angling for a trade, perhaps with the Detroit Lions, Foote’s hometown team.
Time will tell, folks. But this story is not complete.