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Steelers extend Timmons

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The Steelers, who have been cap-strapped since the new league year began, have found a way to pay another one of their core players.

Linebacker Lawrence Timmons, the team’s first-round pick in 2007, has signed a five-year, $50 million extension, according to a source with knowledge of the deal.  He’s now under contract for six years.

Further details, such as guaranteed money and 2011 cap room, aren’t yet available.  As of last Monday, the Steelers had only $4.4 million in cap space.  The team had restructured several contracts in order to get under the 2011 spending limit.  The Steelers possibly have re-done other deals since then.

Though the 2007 draft will never match the Steelers’ historic 1974 haul of Lynn Swann, Jack Lambert, John Stallworth, and Mike Webster, the fact that they landed Timmons and LaMarr Woodley in back-to-back selections during coach Mike Tomlin’s first draft isn’t too shabby.

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33 Responses to “Steelers extend Timmons”
  1. brs027 says: Aug 23, 2011 7:38 AM

    GO NOLES

  2. dickroy says: Aug 23, 2011 7:44 AM

    Glad to hear this. I think Timmons is a future pro bowler.

  3. Jorge says: Aug 23, 2011 7:48 AM

    Championship!

  4. erniecohen says: Aug 23, 2011 7:53 AM

    Have to see the contract, but it doesn’t sound like much of a discount. Keep in mind that he is more valuable to PIT than to most other teams. But assuming that they want to retain Polomalu, they are on the way to cap hell if the cap doesn’t inflate pretty fast.

  5. otistaylor89 says: Aug 23, 2011 8:01 AM

    Boy, that’s a lot of money they are playing LBs, but they are most likely worth it.

    I rather play a excellent LB that type of money than a RB.

  6. daburgher says: Aug 23, 2011 8:02 AM

    that is HUGE for the stees.. now just need to get Polamalu and Wallace locked up

  7. pdmjr says: Aug 23, 2011 8:04 AM

    Linebackers the lifeblood of a defense. The Steelers have cornered the market

  8. cornellsteelers says: Aug 23, 2011 8:04 AM

    He has a great chance to become the best LB in the NFL for a long time.

  9. mac3333 says: Aug 23, 2011 8:08 AM

    A 10 Mil a year average for a 3-4 LB? Plus they pay Harrison and Woodley big bucks?

    He will never see the big money. I will bet dollars to doughnuts that contract is severely back loaded.

  10. groess says: Aug 23, 2011 8:09 AM

    Great move! Not as high profile as Woodley and Harrison but this guy is a beast!

  11. steelerssmack4u says: Aug 23, 2011 8:15 AM

    Lawrence Timmons is the PREMIER MIDDLE LINEBACKER in the AFC. PERIOD, Timmons can blitz, tackle and cover a WR or RB. Ray Lewis has lived on his resume for years but its Timmons time to claim he is the best MLB in the AFC. Look for the Steelers to cut CB Bryant McFadden, earns $2.5 mill, to help get under the cap.

  12. cbass59 says: Aug 23, 2011 8:21 AM

    Mac3333,

    You obviously don’t understand the 3-4 and you need to understand a defense beyond sack totals. Check out thE top tacklers on the Steelers. Timmons is arguably the best LB on the Steelers.

  13. dickroy says: Aug 23, 2011 8:26 AM

    They still need to sign Troy, but I can see them in big cap trouble down the road. Then again they always seem to know what they are doing and do it well.

  14. jacunn2000 says: Aug 23, 2011 8:28 AM

    Not a Steelers fan, but I am pretty sure I have not heard any hold out issues with this team. Strong organizations rarely have those type of problems.

  15. tmc4real says: Aug 23, 2011 8:30 AM

    In the context of young linebacker signings, this is not a bad deal. Patrick Willis signed a 5-year deal for $50M last season. Jon Beason matched it. David Harris signed a 4-year deal for $36M. His salary this season was scheduled to be $650,000 this season. It is very plausible that they increased his salary this year, spread the money out over all 6 years, making his yearly cap hit $8.3M a year. It gives the appearance of matching Willis/Beason/Harris, but will have a smaller cap impact per season.

  16. daburgher says: Aug 23, 2011 8:30 AM

    @erniecohen
    Timmons would be valuable to any defense that runs a 3-4. There are few LB’s if any that match his combination of speed explosiveness and power. He is very effective as an inside or outside LB. He’s much more athletic than Harrison or Woodley, but since he plays inside he doesn’t get the sacks, and therefore doesnt get the attention.

  17. jenniferxxx says: Aug 23, 2011 8:32 AM

    Professional front offices don’t let critical players hit free agency.

  18. samb27 says: Aug 23, 2011 8:35 AM

    Timmons is a beast, you just can’t forget about him

  19. 7370355q says: Aug 23, 2011 8:35 AM

    Will they be able to pay polamalu?

  20. blahblahblah333 says: Aug 23, 2011 8:36 AM

    Timmons would be very good in any defensive system. He played outside backer in college…the Steelers converted him to inside. If Harrison or Woodley got hurt he could very well move. Timmons is a very good tackler and can cover. Great burst. Harrison probably only has 2 more good years, so his contract won’t be a factor. Very good job keeping the core of their linebackers intact. Now lets get Polamalu and Wallace locked up!

  21. bealeman says: Aug 23, 2011 8:37 AM

    Nice photo selection. I just finished watching a replay of that game on Sunday!

  22. groess says: Aug 23, 2011 8:45 AM

    A 10 Mil a year average for a 3-4 LB? Plus they pay Harrison and Woodley big bucks?

    He will never see the big money. I will bet dollars to doughnuts that contract is severely back loaded.

    _________________________________

    I’ll bet dollars to donuts he see’s every penny of this contract. Lawrence Timmons is only 25 yrs old. Unless he suffers a major injury, he’s goin’ be in black n’ gold for a long time.

  23. domeunit says: Aug 23, 2011 8:46 AM

    cornellsteelers says:
    Aug 23, 2011 8:04 AM
    He has a great chance to become the best LB in the NFL for a long time.
    —————

    Did Patrick Willis die recently?

  24. pittsburghsteelerz says: Aug 23, 2011 8:48 AM

    Owners are now passing out 10 million a year contacts to core players like it’s candy on halloween.

    They know where the cap it’s headed….. UP

  25. KIR says: Aug 23, 2011 9:02 AM

    You guys ned to get a life. They went to the Super Bowl! Is there any player his complexion worth paying?

  26. flagstaffphotos says: Aug 23, 2011 9:03 AM

    After year 1 when neither of his new draft picks saw playing time or made an impact, Steeler fans speculated that Tomlin was a bust. Pretty funny in retrospect – now that Timmons and Woodley are among the top few LBs in the league.

    Just goes to show you – you shouldn’t judge a guy until he gets a chance to show you what he’s got on the field for a couple of seasons.

    Did I just say “Tebow”?

  27. flakazoid says: Aug 23, 2011 9:23 AM

    mac3333 says:Aug 23, 2011 8:08 AM

    He will never see the big money. I will bet dollars to doughnuts that contract is severely back loaded.
    —————————————————-

    Steelers don’t let agents push them into that big [back-loaded] contract PR nonsense. They pay the guy what he’s worth.

  28. 6stairwayto7 says: Aug 23, 2011 10:03 AM

    Here we go Steelers, Here we go!!!

  29. Steeler's Will says: Aug 23, 2011 10:07 AM

    Congrats to Timmons and the Steelers. I’m real glad he didn’t slip away.

    I’d like to see Troy not turn up gimp in the middle of the season before extending him. He can be tagged, and Wallace will be a restricted free agent after the season, so there is time IMO.

  30. jsdriscoll says: Aug 23, 2011 11:27 AM

    Its all about speed with that guy.

  31. dumbaseinstien says: Aug 23, 2011 11:43 AM

    Harrison & Foote are both getting old, the young body makes total sense. The contract most likely is filled with gauranteed money spread out over the 6 years that doesn’t count against the cap. They probabably lowered thier Salary Cap in the process…

  32. steeelfann says: Aug 23, 2011 12:01 PM

    The Steelers will be looking great on their cap, not a problem.

    Aaron Smith is in his 13th year(Hood and Heyward)
    Casey Hampton has 1-2 years left (Alan Gray)
    Farrior is around 36 years old (Steven Sylevestor)
    Ike Taylor already signed for 4 more
    Harrison signed long term
    Got rid of Starks contract (huge)
    Woodley signed long term
    Roethlisber signed long term
    Colon signed long term
    Pouncey good for 4 more years minimum

    No, they are built to last, as always.

    Step right up Wallace and Troy, you are next.

  33. cbass59 says: Aug 23, 2011 8:28 PM

    Don’t worry about signing Troy. This is Farrior’s and Aaron Smith’s last season. That will free up a lot of money. Signing Troy will be the #1 priority next season, and if they can’t for some reason, they will franchise him like they did with Woodley this year.

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