Monday, May 4, 2009
NFC North at night -- Updated
By Kevin Seifert
Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
A few notes on a Monday evening:
- You can assume that Detroit is on the short list of teams that ex-Pittsburgh linebacker Larry Foote will consider. Unable to swing a trade for the veteran linebacker, the Steelers released Foote on Monday. Foote said last week he would like to return to Detroit, his hometown. He also played at the University of Michigan, and the Lions have a pretty empty hole at middle linebacker. (Currently, rookie DeAndre Levy is on top of the unofficial depth chart.) Although Foote's best days probably are behind him, he would team with Ernie Sims and Julian Peterson to give the Lions a credible group of linebackers.
- The Lions made several other roster moves, according to Nicholas J. Cotsonika of the Detroit Free Press. They released tailback Brian Calhoun, ending his disappointing three-year run with the team, and also cut receivers Travis Taylor and Steve Sanders. They also signed defensive end Eric Hicks, who played for new defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham in Kansas City. Hicks did not play in 2008.
- Green Bay released linebacker Jason Hunter, a casualty of the team's switch to the 3-4 defense. Hunter had appeared in 42 games over the past three years, but at 271 pounds he is too small to play defensive end in a 3-4 but is probably ill-suited to play linebacker. The Packers also signed four players following their rookie minicamp, including former University of Pittsburgh punter Adam Graessle.