Larry Foote had considered coming to the Cardinals before. A couple of times, in fact. “It didn’t quite work,” the veteran inside linebacker said. “This time, perfect timing.”
Foote signed a one-year deal right before the draft, coming in to provide depth at a position that needed it. The Cardinals did not select an inside linebacker with any of their seven draft choices, going with Foote and bringing in undrafted rookies Jonathan Brown and Glenn Carson. With the uncertainty of Daryl Washington’s status after his legal issues (going with a plea on an assault charge) and even Kevin Minter’s inexperience, having Foote around is a plus.
“It’s a perfect match,” Foote said.
Foote is entering his 13th NFL season. His 12th was hard, earning a starting role with the Steelers and then going down in the first game of the year with a ruptured biceps. Foote is healthy again, but that didn’t make last year’s sting any less.
“It was frustrating watching my boys struggle,” Foote said. “The middle linebacker really sets the tone and you do that the first week, throws people in different positions.”
Foote, who will wear his longtime No. 50 (pictured below), said the defense Todd Bowles runs and the one he played in for Dick LeBeau in Pittsburgh are similar. That will ease his transition.
“Twelve years in the league, you don’t bring anything but presence,” Foote said. “Guys know how hard it is to last that long in the league. I’m knowledgable. Once I pick up the terminology, I can start helping the young boys out instead of them helping me out. That’s been awkward.”
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