MAY 14: Foote received a minimum salary benefit contract, but a $65K bonus takes his overall salary up to $1.02MM, and $513K of his deal is guaranteed, tweets Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com.
MAY 7: The Cardinals have signed free agent linebacker Larry Foote to a one-year contract, according to The Associated Press. Foote himself essentially confirmed the agreement last night, posting “AZ birdgang!!!!!!!!” on his Twitter account.
Foote, 33, has spent all but one of his 12 NFL seasons in Pittsburgh with the Steelers, winning two Super Bowls with the club. He started 16 games at inside linebacker as recently as 2012, but missed significant action last season for the first time in his career, appearing in just one game due to a biceps injury.
Foote should provide a solid veteran presence on the Cardinals’ defense, though he shouldn’t necessarily be counted on to be the impact player in the middle he was earlier in his career. In 2012, he ranked just 46th of 53 qualified inside linebackers, according to Pro Football Focus’ advanced metrics (subscription required).
The rumor mill had been fairly quiet on Foote for nearly two months — the last we heard, he had no plans to retire and wanted to sign with a contender. While Arizona didn’t make the postseason last year, the team won 11 games and will bring back most of its key contributors from 2013, so it certainly fits the bill.