Report: Cardinals ‘strong favorites’ to sign LB Larry Foote

Mar 12, 2013, 4:46 PM | Updated: 6:22 pm


A few years ago the Arizona Cardinals were interested in signing linebacker Larry Foote.

Head coach Ken Whisenhunt felt the linebacker would make a good addition to the team, as the 29-year-old was coming off a season in which he collected 70 tackles and two sacks.

Foote instead chose to sign with the Pittsburgh Steelers (his team prior to the Lions), and the Cardinals signed former St. Louis Ram Paris Lenon.

Foot went on to play 47 games, collect 180 tackles and 6.5 sacks — including totals of 113 tackles and four sacks in 2012. And now the Cardinals, with Lenon gone via free agency, are apparently making another run at Foote.

Now 32, Foote would be a relatively young replacement for Lenon, who is 35. New Cardinals coach Bruce Arians is familiar with the linebacker from their time with the Steelers, and the player is coming off his most productive season to date.

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