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NFL free agency: Arizona Cardinals could have interest in LB Larry Foote

The former Steeler could be competition for Kevin Minter.

Timothy T. Ludwig-US PRESSWIRE

So far in free agency, the Arizona Cardinals have been adding players to fill holes and add depth. In particular, they seem intent on putting themselves in a situation that does not require them to have to rely on a young player to perform for the team to win. Their latest veteran target could be former Pittsburgh Steeler Larry Foote.

That has not yet happened with the position that Karlos Dansby played. At inside linebacker, the Cardinals only have Daryl Washington, Kevin Minter and Kenny Demens on the roster, with outside linebacker Lorenzo Alexander also being able to play inside.

The Cardinals expect Minter as a second-year player to step up and be a very good player. However, they may be interested in a veteran to push him, to provide depth or to step in should Minter not be ready or get hurt.

According to Fox Sports 1 NFL Insider Mike Garafolo, Arizona could have interest in veteran linebacker Larry Foote.

Foote missed all but part of one game in 2013, when he tore a bicep muscle. He is 33 years old and has played in the league 13 years.

Arizona has had interest in him many times over the years, dating back to 2010. Just two seasons ago, he was very productive, logging four sacks and 113 tackles.

At his age and coming off an injury like that, if the team had interest, he would fit the profile of a guy that general manager Steve Keim would bring in on a one-year deal -- a veteran who has had success.

At worst, he could be a good veteran to have in the locker room. At best, he could be an effective starter. Since he likely won't command a lot of money, should the team bring him in, assuming the arm is healed?