Pittsburgh Steelers Sign Larry Foote, Add Much Needed Depth

David KlinglerCorrespondent IMarch 15, 2010

PITTSBURGH - NOVEMBER 20:  Troy Polamalu #43 with Larry Foote #50 of the Pittsburgh Steelers stand of the field during the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on November 20, 2008  in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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The Steelers continued their free agency flurry with the signing of former Steeler linebacker Larry Foote to a three-year deal today.

Foote will be returning to the place where he won two Super Bowls as a starting inside linebacker.

Foote was released prior to last season, because he voiced his desire not to be made a backup to the emerging Lawrence Timmons.

Now a season later he returns as just that, a backup.

His return gives the Steelers some much-needed depth at linebacker and the flexibility to move Timmons outside to cover any injuries that may occur.

Foote is 29, and he may also be an insurance policy for the aging James Farrior, who is 35 and appeared to have lost a step at times last season, because he struggled in pass coverage.

This is another in a line of recent moves to bring in some depth that may allow the Steelers to focus their attention in the draft to specific areas of need, namely defensive line, cornerback, and offensive line.

Welcome back, Mr. Foote.