Larry Foote to be Released, Motown Bound?

Ian EnosCorrespondent IApril 28, 2009

TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 01:  Tim Hightower #34 of the Arizona Cardinals is tackled by Larry Foote #50 and Troy Polamalu #43 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during Super Bowl XLIII on February 1, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Two-time Super Bowl champion and seven-year veteran Larry Foote has reportedly been informed of his impending release by the Pittsburgh Steelers, and he might be bringing his act back home.

The Detroit native was mentioned in rumors of a possible return to Detroit earlier this offseason, according to acquaintances of the former Michigan linebacker.  Foote has been, or presumably soon will be, granted his release from the Steelers, making him a free agent able to seek an accord with any club.

Foote has expressed a desire to make a positive impact on the local Detroit community, and he would fit nicely smack in the middle of a Lion defense that has had considerable trouble stopping the run in recent seasons.

Many fans question, and rightfully so, the ability of the undersized linebackers Detroit selected in the draft this past weekend to step in and make a difference in solidifying the middle of the Detroit defense.  Foote could be the answer to their prayers.

Only 28 and still productive, Foote would be released primarily for financial reasons, though the Steelers did want Lawrence Timmons to see more playing time.  Moreover, he seems intrigued by the idea of playing in his home city.

"Detroit is always No. 1.  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."

Given the state of their roster at the moment, all of Michigan is hoping that Foote is the organization's first choice, too.