The Miami Dolphins have made their first real big splash of free agency, reportedly signing former Pittsburgh Steelers Pro Bowl middle linebacker Lawrence Timmons to a two-year, $12 million contract.
The durable Timmons has 981 career tackles, 35.5 sacks and 12 interceptions in 10 National Football League seasons. Timmons gets $11 million guaranteed.
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The Steelers, perhaps anticipating that 2016 would be Timmons' final season with them, signed backup Vince Williams to a three-year, $5.5 million contract last August. His final contract with the Steelers was for $47.8 million over five seasons.
The first first-round draft pick of head coach Mike Tomlin's tenure in 2007, Timmons became an integral part of the team's defense by 2008, helping the Steelers to a Super Bowl victory.
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The Steelers tend to look within their own ranks to replace veteran players and this will be no different in the case of Timmons replacement.
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Timmons has played in 120 consecutive regular-season games, the longest active streak among linebackers. He has appeared in 102 games and has started 65 of them. In his career, Timmons has tallied 952 tackles (652 solo) with 35.5 sacks, 12 interceptions, 42 passes defensed, 13 forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries.