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Lions Make the Signing of Foote Official

The Lions made the home coming for linebacker Larry Foote official on Wednesday, signing the former Steeler to a one-year deal. “It’s my home,” he said. “So that was always going to be in the back of my mind – what it would be like playing at home. With the way things were going in Pittsburgh, I saw the Lions get a new coaching staff and thought, ‘What a great opportunity to come home.’”

Foote spent his first seven seasons with the Steelers, but wanted out after the team drafted Lawrence Timmons in the first round two years ago, and Foote’s playing time cut. The Lions have been active this offseason trying to rebuild a defense that was awful one season ago.

They signed Grady Jackson on the defensive line, Julian Peterson at linebacker and Phillip Buchanon, Anthony Henry and Eric King in the secondary. Foote is another addition for a team with a new coach and a new defense that is looking to turn things around. “You want to be big on the lines, you don’t want to be small – I understand that,” he said. “But linebackers and DBs – it’s a mentality. Size is a little overrated in those positions. You want to tackle or you don’t want to tackle. You can be 250 or 220. If you want to bring a guy down, you’ll bring him down.”

The Lions already have 13 linebackers on their roster. Foote is looking forward to being a part of the new look Lions. “Last night I was telling my agent, ‘Just get it done.’ The whole place made me feel comfortable and I can smell the fresh start and I’m honored to be a part of it.”

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