Pittsburgh Steelers in Talks with LB Larry Foote and More AFC North News

Andrea HangstFeatured Columnist IVFebruary 20, 2013

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Pittsburgh Steelers and linebacker Larry Foote are in negotiations to give Foote a new contract, keeping him with the team in 2013.

Foote started in all 16 games in 2012 as an inside linebacker and was the Steelers' second-leading tackler on the year.

At 33 years old, Foote may only get a one-year deal, but it's been made clear that Foote wants to return, and the Steelers want him back as well. Foote said that he would only play for the Steelers this year, and if they didn't come to an agreement on a new deal he wouldn't seek a job with another NFL team.


Baltimore Ravens

Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports that Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Michael Oher and cornerback Corey Graham both triggered contract escalators that increase their 2013 base salaries by $950,000. For the cash-strapped Ravens, this could make the offseason even more difficult to lure free agents.

Bleacher Report's Shawn Brubaker presents a few players the Ravens need to keep a close eye on at the Scouting Combine.


Cincinnati Bengals

The Cincinnati Enquirer's Joe Reedy takes a look at which Cincinnati Bengals may be candidates for the franchise tag this year.

Sean O'Donnell of Bleacher Report says that the Bengals have some uncertainty to address at the linebacker position heading into 2013.


Cleveland Browns

Tony Grossi of ESPN Cleveland says that the Cleveland Browns higher-ups—Jimmy Haslam, Michael Lombardi, Joe Banner, Rob Chudzinski—spent all day Tuesday discussing the state of the team and their offseason plans, including what to do with quarterback Brandon Weeden.

Matt Gagne of Sports Illustrated gives us his full Browns 2013 offseason preview.


Pittsburgh Steelers

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette takes a look at the state of the Pittsburgh Steelers' linebacker corps and wonders if the reputation they've had as being the best in the league has quickly faded.

Bleacher Report's Matt Stanger breaks down 10 safeties the Steelers should look at closely at the Scouting Combine.