Foote, who has only played for the Steelers in his seven-year NFL career, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that he wants to be a starting linebacker on a team that will accommodate him. He also said that he can't grow on a team that also has 2007 first-round draft pick Lawrence Timmons.
According to Foote, Steelers director of football operations Kevin Colbert told him Tuesday that the team was trying to trade him but would release him if that didn't work out. However, Colbert called reports that Foote would be traded or released "erroneous," according to mlive.com.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.