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Foote Close to Agreeing to One-Year Deal with Lions

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UPDATE: The AP just updated their story at 10:33 p.m. to say that Foote is close to agreeing to the deal.  Here is the quote from the article: "Foote said most of the terms of the deal were reached Tuesday night and he expected it to be completed Wednesday morning."  This is still basically a done deal, but technically the contract still has to be signed.
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Well, that didn't take long.

Just an hour or so after it was reported that the Lions had offered Larry Foote a deal, it is now being reported that Foote has agreed to a one-year contract with Detroit.  He plans to sign it tomorrow morning and had this to say about the decision to play for his hometown team:

"I'm excited because it's a fresh start for me," Foote said Tuesday night in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. "It's a one-year deal to show my talents, and hopefully end up signing a long-term deal after showing the Lions and their new coaching staff what I can do."

This is beyond great news.  Not only are the Lions getting a middle linebacker that was a starter for the defending Super Bowl champions, but they are also getting someone that genuinely wants to play for them.  Being from Detroit, Foote is someone that will play with an added pride, as he will want to represent his team and his city in the best way possible. 

On the field, you can pencil Foote in as the starter at middle linebacker.  There is no question that MLB was a need, even after the draft since the Lions only added DeAndre Levy.  While Levy has potential, Foote has proven what he can do.  He is exactly the type of player the Lions need: one that brings talent and leadership to a defense that badly needs both.