Lions Notebook: Foote Meets With Lions

Pittsburgh's Larry Foote (AP Photo)

Just a week have telling the Detroit News that the Lions would be his first choice among teams to play once his release is confirmed, former Michigan and Pittsburgh Steeler linebacker Larry Foote is in Detroit.

The inevitable might be just around the corner.

Just a week have telling the Detroit News that the Lions would be his first choice among teams to play for once his release is confirmed, former University of Michigan and Pittsburgh Steeler linebacker Larry Foote is in Detroit.

The seven-year veteran was able to make the trip after Pittsburgh cut ties less than 24 hours ago.

Foote became expendable in Pittsburgh with the strong play of third-year player Lawrence Timmons. Although the Steelers would have still preferred to keep him, the move meant $3 million in cap savings and handed the 28-year old, Detroit native his wish: a release. Foote wants to start, something he wasn't guaranteed, and to play closer to home.

Now it's a matter of whether or not the two sides can complete a deal.

Because while Foote has been vocal about his interest in Detroit, the team hasn't been able to confirm if that interest is mutual. It's only been assumed.

Although they drafted Wisconsin LB DeAndre Levy for the job, the Lions still lack a formidable presence in the middle of their linebacking core. Foote, 6-1, 239, played inside of Pittsburgh's 3-4 system, and it's believed he could transition to the middle of Detroit's 4-3.

And placing him between veteran Julian Peterson and Ernie Sims seems to be an inviting prospect.

He registered 63 total tackles and 1.5 sacks in 2008 for the Steelers. He also picked up two Super Bowl rings.

If Detroit can come to terms with Foote, it would cap a flurry of roster moves the Lions have made over the past 48 hours.

According to Scout.com's Adam Caplan, Detroit signed free agent DE Eric Hicks and free agent G Toniu Fonoti, releasing former third-round pick RB Brian Calhoun and WRs Travis Taylor and Steve Sanders in the process.

Hicks played for current Detroit defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham with the Kansas City Chiefs some years back. Hicks was out of the league last season. Fonoti was a former 2002 second-round pick of the San Diego Chargers and has had weight problems throughout his career. Fonoti didn't play last season and was released by the Carolina Panthers last August.

Calhoun's job was in jeopardy after the Lions signed free agent RB Maurice Morris and drafted Aaron Brown in the sixth round of April's NFL draft.

Taylor and Sanders were going to have a tough time making the team considering WRs Ronald Curry and Bryant Johnson were added during free agency and being that WR Derrick Williams was selected in the third round of last month's draft.

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