I wouldn't cut him this year but I would probably do so next year. Then, I'd have an open competition for the starting spot and let Spence, Williams, McFadden, etc and possibly another rookie fight it out.
Foote is a good leader, knows the defense and is consistent, I'll give him that but it's time to move on. Get some young blood in there.... I don't think we'll see much of a drop off IMO.
Tomlin thought the same thing when he sat Starks and started Jonathan Scott at LT. They needed some young blood and of course there was no drop off....
Scott is one year younger than Starks. That's hardly making the change because of a need for "young blood". Starks just seems old because he's been around the Steelers forever. Starks was just 28 when he was "replaced" by Scott. It had nothing to do with getting younger.
On the other hand, Foote will be 34 next season.
Spence and Vince Williams are 10 years younger than Foote
Marshall McFadden is 6 years younger than Foote
Do you realize that Miller is 7 years older than Paulson? Let cut him as well. It's just nuts.
Look I hear what you are saying. He doesn't make a ton of splash plays and he does have age against him. But football is a team sport and he is definitely an integral part of the system...a very successful system at that. Right now he is getting the job done better than any of the up and comers we have below him on the depth chart and I really believe he has earned his way into a leadership position. Within a few years he will be replaced by a very capable player, I just don't believe now is the appropriate time to pull the trigger.
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