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No deal expected for Lawrence Timmons and Steelers

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The Steelers won’t negotiate contracts with players once the season starts.

And with their season starting in a few hours, it doesn’t appear anything’s happening for linebacker Lawrence Timmons.

Per Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, the Steelers and Timmons are not expected to reach a deal prior to kickoff, which means the linebacker will play out his contract and be an unrestricted free agent after this season.

Because Timmons is counting $15.1 million against the salary cap, an extension could have helped both sides.

But now he’ll enter the market, along with a number of his teammates, including running back Le’Veon Bell, linebackers James Harrison and Jarvis Jones and wide receiver Markus Wheaton.

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9 Responses to “No deal expected for Lawrence Timmons and Steelers”
  1. tavisteelersfan says: Sep 12, 2016 3:19 PM

    If the Steelers can handle the cap hit this year, are they not much better off letting the deal ride and go into next season with a clean slate? They have a few players coming up.

  2. stainlesssteellegends says: Sep 12, 2016 3:28 PM

    As much as I love Timmons, it’s time to move on to a younger D. We are loaded with ILBs such as Shazier, Vince Williams, Dirty Red, LJ Fort. Might be deepest position on the team right now.

  3. paulieorkid says: Sep 12, 2016 3:33 PM

    Unless I’m missing something, the Steelers really need to Franchise Le’Veon – and then, get him and A.B. extended after this season.

    As for Timmons, I really hope he gives us a hometown discount. It’s hard to blame him if he doesn’t, but he has been a fantastic Pittsburgh Steeler in every way. Physical, tone-setter, leader, keeps his nose clean, possesses high football intelligence, can put heat on the QB while also peeling off into coverage effectively, coaches the other LBs, etc. It will hurt to lose Timmons.

    Much respect for his game.

  4. Mike Tomlin says: Sep 12, 2016 3:47 PM

    tavisteelersfan says:

    If the Steelers can handle the cap hit this year, are they not much better off letting the deal ride and go into next season with a clean slate? They have a few players coming up.

    ——————–

    Yup, and that sound you hear is fans of other teams coming to the realization that kicking the can down the road really never hurt the Steelers.

  5. ahostiletakeover says: Sep 12, 2016 3:51 PM

    You can’t blame the guy if he goes elsewhere as a free agent. He’s still a solid defensive player and his current defense around him is on the verge of dumpster fire status with the LeBeau days slowly becoming a distant memory.

  6. tavisteelersfan says: Sep 12, 2016 3:59 PM

    With all due respect, the key to this deal is 2016, not 2017. Given they have the cap space, Timmons has a well paying year with nothing in 2017. He is motivated to make the best of that … in this season.

    Stay or go in 2017 is an odd focus of conversation before a game has been played this year.

  7. crownofthehelmet says: Sep 12, 2016 4:08 PM

    Bell, Harrison and Wheaton stay with team friendly deals. Timmons and Jones hit the market. Love me some LT, but stainlesssteel hit it on the head.

  8. mikemart77 says: Sep 12, 2016 4:34 PM

    The Steelers are hardly going to need to franchise Bell.

    He’s one strike away from a year-long suspension. No team is going to offer him top-5 money when he has that kind of risk attached to him.

  9. tigershark0052 says: Sep 12, 2016 5:03 PM

    All those guys will be gone next year.

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