After a lengthy career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Lawrence Timmons is moving elsewhere in 2017.
The Miami Dolphins signed the veteran linebacker to a two-year, $12 million contract on Friday, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is reporting. His new deal contains with it $11 million in guarantees. Timmons spent the first ten seasons of his career with the Steelers.
Lawrence Timmons Signs Two-Year, $12 Million Deal With Miami Dolphins
The 30-year-old Timmons has been a mainstay within Pittsburgh’s linebacking corps for quite some time. His ability to remain injury free is about as impressive as it gets. Over the past six seasons, Timmons started every single regular season and playoff game for the Steelers.
In 2016, Timmons demonstrated his continued value at his position. He led the Steelers with 78 tackles while also adding five pass breakups and two interceptions. Only Ryan Shazier and Artie Burns finished the season with more picks.
Timmons played a prominent role in the Black and Gold’s recent postseason run. In the Steelers decisive wild card round victory over the Miami Dolphins, he made eight tackles and sacked quarterback Matt Moore twice. And despite losing to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game, he added another team-leading nine tackles.
Over the course of his ten year career with the Steelers, Timmons registered a grand total of 680 tackles. That ranks as the second highest total in franchise history, trailing only James Farrior. Only seven players in team history boasts a higher sack total than Timmons’ 35.5 quarterback takedowns.
Pittsburgh drafted Timmons 15th overall in the 2007 NFL Draft. The Florence, SC native played collegiately at Florida State where he enjoyed a standout junior season. That year, he finished second in the ACC with 18 tackles for loss and added five sacks as well as a pick six. Timmons forewent his final season of eligibility to declare for the draft.