The Steelers make moves like this so that they will not be forced into a corner. Is Foote the answer at ILB? Certainly not. But now the team will not be forced to reach for an ILB if the right one is not available in the draft a la Troy Edwards.
It would not be disastrous if we were forced to enter the season with Foote alongside Timmons for one more year.
Since a 3rd was spent on Spence...He is an investment. You bring back Foote again as "Insurance". A capable starter to bridge to Spence when healthy. You know what you have in Foote. If they decide to go this route instead of a bargain & younger FA like a Henderson...That is what they are thinking in my opinion. They may also tender Sylvester. The Steelers also loaded up on the inside with McFadden, Rolle, & Wilson. Looks like they are buying time with the change in their pocket. If Foote is signed...I believe they will not go into the draft with ILB high on their list of needs and may not address it until later. That could change on draft day if there is someone graded high falls in early rounds. JMO
Don't get me wrong. I hope Spence has a huge career for the Steelers. I just don't realistically see it going this way. Chances are, he'll never pan out as an NFL LB and then when he got hurt, as bad as that injury was, that just puts him further behind the 8 ball...
I would not be counting on his services any time soon, if at all.... Signing Foote for a year or 2 makes sense. Then go out and draft Teo too. Now we're set at LB for years to come.....Well, ILB....
Will be interesting to see if this Mingo fellow would fall to us......
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Foote is the Max Starks of the defense, they wanted to replace him sooner but just don't have a replacement. We don't even know if Spence will ever play football again but I wish him the best. Slyvester hasn't proved he could replace foote so in all likelyhood Foote will be playing opposite Timmons in 2013.
The Steelers hate to have other teams be able to predict what they are going to do in the first three rounds of the draft. By signing a veteran ILB it opens more options for the Steelers at 1.17. They could look for Foote's replacement or they could pass and go in a different direction. Without having Foote onboard some predictability could have crept into the Steeler draft board.
On the other hand, being 14 million over the cap means Foote isn't getting a big salary for a year or two. I don't know how incentives work in contracts and when and if they count against the cap. But, a vet minimum (or slightly higher) incentive laden contract would be the way to go. Take this year's number of games, tackles, sacks, snaps, forced fumbles, etc and pay him a nice bonus if he can duplicate or better the 2012 season.
At least with incentives you will never feel like he's stealing your money. You told him what to do and he went and did it, so pay him for doing it, both sides are happy and satisfied.
1.15) Ryan Shazier - ILB/OLB
2.46) Stephon Tuitt - DE
3.97) Dri Archer - RB
4.118 ) Martavis Bryant - WR
5.157) Shaquille Richardson - CB
6.173) Wesley Johnson - OT
6.192) Jordan Zumwalt - ILB
7.215) Daniel McCullers - DT
7.230) Rob Blanchflower - TE
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With Spence a huge question mark given the injury, this is a smart move. If the Steelers think the BPA at 17 is an ILB, they could easily make the pick and let the rookie learn from Foote. But this gives them the freedom to draft a WR, RB, CB, S, OLB, etc. at 17 if they so choose...
Spence was healthy throughout his college career. Spence's injury was serious but I would be more concerned if he was a DB, RB, or WR. Lattimore had a more serious injury and he is on the road to full recovery and is expected to be drafted.
I think the decisions moving forward (Like signing Foote) will be based upon timetable on Spence's return. If Foote is signed, I feel ILB becomes less of a need early. Come draft day when the Steelers pick, if there is a significant drop off of grade in the early rounds for a player and he is an ILB I'm sure he will get consideration. For example, if Te'O or Ogletree fall out of the 1st and are sitting there in round 2....You were happy with their interviews....How can you not consider? I would pass on Te'O but I would find a way to get Ogletree on the field.
Last edited by JUST-PLAIN-NASTY; 02-20-2013 at 02:41 PM.