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Steelers part ways with unhappy Foote

Updated: May 4, 2009, 6:42 PM ET
By James Walker | ESPN.com

The defending champion Pittsburgh Steelers put an end to one of the few distractions they've had this offseason. The team granted veteran linebacker Larry Foote his release after he wanted out of Pittsburgh because of a reduced role.

Foote, who did not attend last weekend's mandatory minicamp, started all 16 games for Pittsburgh last year but gradually had his playing time cut in favor of former first-round pick Lawrence Timmons. The Steelers also are close to the salary cap and get ...

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