Foote a done deal
Foote, who turns 29 next month, should start at middle linebacker for his hometown team. He'll be flanked by Julian Peterson and Ernie Sims, with rookie third-round pick DeAndre Levy as the primary backup. That's a significant upgrade over a linebacking corps that included Paris Lenon and Ryan Nece a season ago.
Foote has started the last five seasons for Pittsburgh, winning two Super Bowl titles. He played at Michigan and Detroit Pershing, and is scheduled to take a physical today.
His agent, Ken Kremer, did not return e-mails or phone calls seeking comment.