Steelers' Foote bids to get deal for 2013

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Larry Foote said the Steelers and his agent have been talking about a new contract for the 2013 season.

Foote, who will turn 33 in June, was the Steelers' second-leading tackler from his inside linebacker position in 2012, starting all 16 games. He also calls the signals for the defense.

"[The Steelers] and my agent have been talking back and forth. I guess it's a money thing right now," Foote said Tuesday morning on 93.7 The Fan.

If so, Foote would become the first known unrestricted free agent to be in contract negotiations with the Steelers, who have indicated privately they would like to have him back.

Foote has played 11 seasons in the NFL, 10 with the Steelers who drafted him in the fourth round in 2002 from Michigan. He played one season with the Detroit Lions (2010) after asking the Steelers to let him out of his contract. He re-signed with the Steelers as a free agent in 2011 and returned to the starting lineup last season after they cut longtime starter James Farrior.

Foote moved into the starting lineup in 2004 and remained there next to Farrior until his departure in 2010.

Foote has said he would play for the Steelers or no one else this year.

"I'm just like a regular free agent," said Foote, who could not be reached for additional comment. "I'll know sometime in March what my future will be."

NOTE -- Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau will be honored as a "Hometown Hall of Famer" by the Pro Football Hall of Fame and AllState Insurance today at his alma mater, London High School in Ohio. The program honors hometown roots of the NFL's Hall of Famers with a ceremony and plaque dedication in their local communities. LeBeau, one of the game's great cornerbacks, was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010.

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For more on the Steelers, read the blog, Ed Bouchette on the Steelers at www.post-gazette.com/plus. Ed Bouchette: ebouchette@post-gazette.com and Twitter @EdBouchette.


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