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.