"We've been calling around, shooting some text messages trying to figure out what's the move and Kevin Colbert and Mike Tomlin and Mr. (Art) Rooney (II), I'm assuming right now they're just trying to figure this out because I haven't heard a peep about who's going to be back," veteran inside linebacker Larry Foote said on 93.7 The Fan on Wednesday. "Right now we don't know."
Foote said he hopes the Steelers don't "blow up" the roster since having a quarterback the caliber of Ben Roethlisberger gives them a chance to rebound from consecutive 8-8 seasons. But Foote is also realistic that turnover is inevitable given the age of some of the players on defense and the juggling the Steelers have to do in regard to the salary cap.
"I'm quite sure some big guys are going to have to take less money," Foote said. "(Brett) Keisel, I don't think he's going to get what he wants or what he deserves because we're pressed up against the cap. Ryan Clark will have to come back cheaper. They've got to understand it's not personal, it's the cap."
Keisel and Clark are both scheduled to become unrestricted free agents on March 11. Clark has said he would sign elsewhere before accepting a drastic pay cut to return to the Steelers for a ninth season.
No matter what roster turnover takes place, Foote said he thinks the Steelers will enter next season as the favorites to win the AFC North because of the way they finished the 2013 season and they have Roethlisberger.
"We've got the best quarterback in our division -- hands down," Foote said.