The Pittsburgh Steelers avoided the Christmas rush, and have reportedly re-signed two of their potential free agents. Just before today’s 4pm deadline for players to become eligible for free agency, the Steelers are reported to have come to agreements with both WR Plaxico Burress and ILB Larry Foote.
There were rumors that Foote was going to be leaving Pittsburgh to join head coach Bruce Arians with the Arizona Cardinals, but now it seems the Steelers’ leading tackler from last season has decided to stay home, signing a multi-year deal with the team. Foote has played 10 of his 11 NFL seasons with the Steelers, except for his 2009 season with the Detroit Lions.
Foote wasn’t expected to have the type of season he did in 2012 when he made his return to the starting lineup, replacing James Farrior. In 16 starts, Foote finished with a career-high 113 tackles (75 solo) and had four sacks, tying his career best. With Foote returning to the inside along with Lawrence Timmons, the Steelers will be stacked to lead the league in defense again.
While Burress only played four games for the Steelers in 2012, and caught only one touchdown, signing the veteran receiver to a one-year deal is win-win situation for the Steelers. Given a full season back with Pittsburgh and gaining comfort once again with QB Ben Roethlisberger, Burress should be a dependable target at a fairly reasonable price.
In 11 NFL seasons, Burress has 553 receptions for 8,499 yards, and 64 touchdowns. He has played for the Steelers, New York Giants and New York Jets. He missed the 2009 and 2010 seasons while serving a highly publicized prison sentence on gun charges after accidentally shooting himself in the leg in a New York nightclub.
Terms of the two deals have yet to be disclosed.