Report: Foote to test free agency

Larry Foote embraced the opportunity to join 0-16 last spring. He relished the chance to play for his hometown Detroit Lions after the Pittsburgh Steelers let him go following the draft.

Foote, who played on a one-year deal and led the team in tacklers, serving as a fine leader, might have to head elsewhere. John Niyo of the Detroit News reports that Foote is intent on exploring the free-agent market starting March 5 as the team has shown little interest in him to this point.

"We're just going to free agency and see from there," Foote told Niyo. "I mean, obviously, I'm not a big priority for them. So that's just how I'm taking it."

Would it make sense for the Lions to let him go? Foote is 29 and rookie DeAndre Levy excelled, proving that he can play in the middle, where Foote was, or on the outside. Former first-round pick Ernie Sims did not have a good season. It might make more sense to bring Foote back and let Sims go.

"Just from the business side of it, with a team that's been losing, they don't normally invest in veteran players that much, no matter how good you played," he said. "Because a veteran at my age -- I mean, I'm still fairly young -- I'm just a piece of the pie, I'm not the base of a team."

There’s new leadership in Detroit. They should be given a chance. But the organization has traditionally followed one blunder with another. Stay tuned.

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