DETROIT -- One day after being released by the Pittsburgh Steelers, linebacker Larry Foote said Tuesday night that the Detroit Lions have offered him a contract and his first choice is to sign with his hometown team.
Foote said he met "everybody" at Lions headquarters in Allen Park, Mich., earlier in the day and that his agent, Ken Kremer, was working on completing a deal.
"They offered me something," Foote said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. "I'm going to be wrestling with it tonight because they're going back and forth with my agent as we speak. Playing in Detroit is definitely my first choice, but we'll see how it goes."
On Monday, the Steelers released Foote -- a move that was expected because he asked to be traded or cut. Foote started every game for Pittsburgh the past five seasons, including its Super Bowl victories last season and after the 2005 campaign, but he was unhappy about coming off the field on passing downs.
If Foote joins the Lions, he would become the middle linebacker they desperately need after coming off the first 0-16 season in NFL history.
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