MIAMI -- Detroit linebacker Larry Foote is planning to hit the free-agent market next month because the Lions have expressed little interest in granting his request for a multiyear contract. John Niyo of the Detroit News has the story here.
Foote started 14 games last season at middle linebacker, but a foot injury opened the door for rookie DeAndre Levy to establish himself as the likely 2010 starter. The Lions don’t have much depth behind Levy, but at this point Foote isn’t likely to agree to return as a backup.
It’ll be interesting to see if any of the Lions’ starting linebackers from 2009 return in 2010. Julian Peterson is due to make $7.5 million in 2010, and Ernie Sims did not appear to be a great fit for the Lions’ new defensive system.
Continuing around the NFC North:
Nicholas J. Cotsonika of the Detroit Free Press checks in with Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford during a Super Bowl promotional tour.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty suggested several options for funding the construction of a new Vikings stadium, including a new Minnesota Lottery game. Here is coverage from the Star Tribune.
Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com notes the Bears chose receiver Juaquin Iglesias over Austin Collie in the 2009 draft.
The Bears interviewed San Francisco assistant Shane Day for their quarterbacks coach position, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Few people realize that Colts coach Jim Caldwell is from the town of Beloit on the Wisconsin-Illinois border. Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel looks at that part of Caldwell’s life.