A former Pro Bowl player, Timmons had 114 tackles, 2.5 sacks and two interceptions in 2016, helping the Steelers reach the AFC Championship game.
The Miami Dolphins have signed Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons.
The 30-year-old was a first-round pick by the Steelers organization back in 2007 and just finished the tail end of a five-year contract. However, the Steelers knew there was a chance the would be unable to afford to keep him in the Steel City for the rest of his career. Timmons graded higher in pass coverage and on the blitz than against the run.
As restricted free agents, the Dolphins have the option of matching any offers these players receive or be in line for draft compensation if the player signs elsewhere.
Timmons will be an asset for the Dolphins from day one. He will be missed.
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The Miami Dolphins have added veteran linebacker Lawrence Timmons, as is being reported by multiple sources. While he has excelled at getting to the quarterback with 35.5 career sacks, he has developed into a fantastic all-around linebacker with six seasons of 100 or more tackles and 12 career interceptions.
Miami's leading tackler in 2016, Alonso has stated over-and-over again that he wants to continue playing inside in defensive coordinator Matt Burke's base 4-3 defense. Stills led Miami past year with nine touchdown catches.
Timmons is the second free agent the Steelers have lost since the signing period began Thursday.
While Pittsburgh's success is predicated largely on the offense led by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, running back Le'Veon Bell and wide receiver Antonio Brown, losing Timmons potentially weakens a defensive unit that was already suspect to some degree.