Dolphins land Lawrence Timmons with two-year deal

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Lawrence Timmons has a new home.

PFT confirms the Steelers free agent has signed a two-year, $12 million contract, with $11 million guaranteed (which doesn’t leave much else).

The 30-year-old Timmons provides an upgrade for the Dolphins, and also gives them some flexibility with Kiko Alonso, who could be used outside more often now.

The Steelers first-rounder in 2007, Timmons has also been extremely durable, missing just two games in his career and none since 2009.

67 responses to “Dolphins land Lawrence Timmons with two-year deal

  1. Fins making good decisions this year about players and $$$. This new regime has the arrow pointing up, #FINSUP

  2. Will be missed, but good for him. He gets to get after Tom Brady and his boys 2x a year now. Dolphin fans are going to love this dude.

  3. Horrible move by the Steelers to not do a deal like this for Timmons. Very reasonable and not too long for a durable 30 year old coming off a very good year. Vince Williams isn’t going to replace him sufficiently which now means the Steelers have another serious draft need. As if major holes at CB, OLB and depth at TE, DE, RB, and potentially WR weren’t enough? Honestly what are they doing?

  4. Takes much needed pressure off our draft. Take BPA!

    Jets should sign Jay Cutler, but Bills were smart to keep Tyrod Taylor. HaHaHuh !!

  5. igotgamenj says:
    Mar 10, 2017 2:59 PM

    BOOM! Pittsburgh’s leading tackler last year

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    Too Bad that is all he can do is tackle. LOved him when he was young but he is an old 30. He started playing in the NFL at the age of 20. He can’t cover anymore and really doesn’t fit what the Steelers are doing on defense with the speed movement. So Boom oh and most of the time when the Steelers are done with a LBer he doesn’t have much left in the tank.

  6. In two games against the Steelers last season, Tom Brady completed 11 passes for 90 yards against new Dolphins LB Lawrence Timmons.

    Look for more of that to continue…..

    Enjoy second place, AGAIN

  7. As a Dolphins fan, I’m happy… But I remember when he stepped on Ricky Williams chest, when Nick Saban was the coach… And we need more Florida boys on the team!

  8. Patriots fan – great news – reasonable contract for a decent aging player – means they’re less likely to be signing Hightower and weakens the real competition in the AFC.

  9. I was really hoping he would retire a Steeler but business is business. The dolphins got a smart player, great tackler, and someone who doesn’t take sick days ( I recall him puking two different times in the defensive huddle and he stayed in both games.) Good luck, Lawrence!

  10. .
    @mytor

    Looking for comments from Patriots fans? Okay I’ll bite . Miami signed an aging, over the hill LB. Like all free agents who show up in Florida, football is the last thing on their mind. He’s chosen the “retirement with pay” package generously offered by the Dolphins.
    .

  11. Good move, his leadership and playoff experience will be worth that money alone. Plus he brings some desperately needed nastiness to that defense.

    I think they may sign Allen and then hold of free agency for a while until the draft. Defense is deep in the draft this year, I’d like to see Reddick in the first and a safety in the 2nd then depth moving forward. I think they’ll need to get 2 LB, 1 G, 1 TE, 1 CB and 2 safeties.

  12. thesteelhurtin says:
    He can’t cover anymore and really doesn’t fit what the Steelers are doing on defense . . .
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    Which begs the question, what ARE the Steelers doing on defense? I know, they’re trying to get fasted al the way around. But what I saw in the playoffs wasn’t all that impressive, whatever it was they were trying to do.

  13. Who won super bowl LI? Oh yeah, the New England Patriots did……… Again.

  14. Which begs the question, what ARE the Steelers doing on defense? I know, they’re trying to get fasted al the way around. But what I saw in the playoffs wasn’t all that impressive, whatever it was they were trying to do.

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    The defense is the only reason The Steelers won either playoff game. Good Lord they beat a team with field goals. From what I can tell they are going for a controlled chaos which Timmons isn’t able to do anymore. He was a solid anchor in the defense for awhile but his time has come.

  15. The comments about Brady throwing tons vs Timmons are dumb. Timmons is a run-thumping ILB. He has no business covering quick WR’s in the slot or across the middle. Putting him in that position is a scheme and play calling issue, not necessarily a player issue. Dolphins will fix that.

  16. This sucks for the Steelers. He is solid and a good citizen to boot. No trouble with this guy.

    I guess they have to go find a different guy. Dont’a Hightower would look good in Black and Gold.

  17. timmons was great, also on the decline…have fun watching Edelman abuse him all day and night…

    Vince Williams- will be the much better player of the 2 next year, and more affordable..

    some teams like Browns and Dolphins grab headlines now and at draft, come regular season, never heard from again

  18. Congrats ‘Phins fans, you’re getting a very good player
    who still has years in the tank. Quality player and person
    who can help your defense – and even blitz up the middle.

    Hate to see Lawrence go, he has been such a steadying force
    patrolling the middle, ever since he was drafted. Good luck to him.

  19. Timmons was solid in his prime, but the Steelers had to control their gameplan late in the season to have Timmons basically blitz off the edge because the dude is notorious for taking terrible angles and getting lost in the shuffle. He’s downright awful in coverage. Plus, he was a salary cap liability. The Steelers made the right decisions at the right time with Timmons and they basically have a much younger version of himself with Vince Williams, who comes much, much cheaper and was signed to a 3 year deal last season. The Steelers knew Timmons was walking and so did the fanbase.

  20. laukkanen5 says:
    Mar 10, 2017 3:52 PM
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    some teams like Browns and Dolphins grab headlines now and at draft, come regular season, never heard from again
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    10-6, and playoffs. #NewMiami.

  21. similar to when joey porter left for the dolphins. loved having him – but he has already seen his best days. that being said, still an upgrade for the fins.

  22. Steelers just keep getting faster, better every year. 2 years ago, lost to eventual super bowl champions in divisional round due to late fumble by backup running back (oh, and playing Denver without AB or Bell). Last year, lost again to eventual super bowl winners, this time in AFC Championship. This coming year, they go to super bowl. That is what they are doing.

  23. thesteelhurtin says:
    The defense is the only reason The Steelers won either playoff game.

    Actually, there is some truth to that. But I’m not sure whether it’s a positive for the defense, or an indictment of how bad the banged up and out-of-synch Pittsburgh offense was in two out of three games.
    Pittsburgh held Miami and Kansas City to a combined 28 points, but those were both injury-riddled and inept offenses at that point. The Dolphins had no QB and the Chiefs had a mediocre QB and no healthy running backs.
    Pittsburgh was a better team than Miami. The Chiefs stormed back late and made it uncomfortably close when they should not have been able to. We all know what happened in New England, when it appeared the Steelers were playing with nine guys on the field.
    I’m not some troll just here to argue or trash your team, but I truly wonder where the Steelers are headed on that side of the ball. It seems more like one step forward and one step back to me. I could be wrong. It’s happened plenty of times before.

  24. mcjon22 says:
    Mar 10, 2017 3:16 PM
    Finally the Dolphins will have a player from The Florida State University

    First Nole on the team since Sammy Smith in 89.

  25. .6ball says:
    Mar 10, 2017 3:23 PM
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    @mytor

    Looking for comments from Patriots fans? Okay I’ll bite . Miami signed an aging, over the hill LB. Like all free agents who show up in Florida, football is the last thing on their mind. He’s chosen the “retirement with pay” package generously offered by the Dolphins.
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    Nah. Timmons has chosen to sign with a team that can generate pressure with the front four and has the brains not to play zone against NE. Both good things for a blitzing LB.
    He is looking forward to participate in the annual Brady choke which takes place in Miami Gardens almost every year. (Missed last year but will make up for it)
    See you there.

  26. BOOM!! There goes the only defense they had. At least they have Landry Jones. Hahahahaha!

  27. Good–Timmons goes inside where he can stuff the run (yeah I know he sucks as a pass defender, so what?) and Alonso, who is good at both, can stuff the run and defend the pass—now if they get Hightower (I doubt it, but it is possible) or take LB with first draft pick (though they really need a safety, will miss IAQ), then Pats fans can say all they want as if Brady will play ’til he’s 80 and BB coach ’til he’s 100 about keep in winning the AFC East.

    Too bad the Bills screwed themselves giving up Gilmore at the same time they got Tyrod back…Bills O will improve while their D will get worse.

    Face it, Pats fans…your ship is finally sailing…

  28. Quality Depth, if nothing more! No one has given him the starting job yet. We could end up drafting 2 LB’s in the early rounds and they may be the starters.

    Every Dolfan knows we went through every single LB we had on the Defensive and Special Teams roster AND practice squad, last year!!!

    This team is on the rise and in a position structurally, we haven’t been in, in a long time!

    The coaching staff, Owner, GM, VP AND players are all in lock-step! I can’t remember when that has happened??? 20 years at least.

    Dolphins have made a big splash in Free Agency with big name, high priced players for almost 10 years and nothing to show for it.

    It’s a whole new feeling. Truly a culture change!!!

    In Gase We Trust! I’m all ’bout that Gase!

  29. LawDog Timmons has been a durable warrior, but the Steelers already have his clone in Vince Williams…Another two down thumper who is also a liability in coverage. The Steelers need to save cap room to sign young stars Shazier and Tuitt. Remember, the teams that “win” in free agency are the same teams that “lose” in the draft year after year. It’s always slow in the Burgh this time of year.

  30. Don’t worry too much whiny baby, the Steelers seem to know a little about
    finding good linebackers. They’ll figure something out.

    Jack Lambert, Jack Ham, Andy Russell, Levon Kirkland, Jason Gildon,
    Mike Merriweather, Greg Lloyd, Kevin Greene, Chad Brown, James Farrior,
    Joey Porter, Lawrence Timmons, LaMarr Woodley, James Harrison and
    now, Ryan Shazier – to name a few.

  31. I love Lawrence Timmons, but his time in Miami will be similar to Kendrell Bell’s time in Kansas City.

  32. Flash1287 says:
    Mar 10, 2017 3:13 PM

    In two games against the Steelers last season, Tom Brady completed 11 passes for 90 yards against new Dolphins LB Lawrence Timmons.

    Look for more of that to continue…..

    Enjoy second place, AGAIN

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    Adam Gase is here. Tannenbaum being smart. This is not the Philbin era of losing. We got to the playoffs and we will AGAIN. Tommy is looking at at Timmons, Suh, Wake and Branch this year. I won’t say we win the AFCE because we need to earn it, but in Gase we trust!

  33. I love how people just automatically think that Miami is signing these guys as long term answers… They have holes to fill, more holes than they have draft picks. Timmons, Allen, Hayes and Larsen are good vets who can fill in the holes while Gase continues to build this team, hence the short contracts. It’s not rocket science.

    #dammediftheydammediftheydont

  34. Have fun watching Edleman try to get back standing up straight after this guy belts him.

  35. finsphan says:
    Mar 10, 2017 5:27 PM

    I love how people just automatically think that Miami is signing these guys as long term answers… They have holes to fill, more holes than they have draft picks. Timmons, Allen, Hayes and Larsen are good vets who can fill in the holes while Gase continues to build this team, hence the short contracts. It’s not rocket science.

    #dammediftheydammediftheydont

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    Who the hell cares if they’re long term, short term? I want my team to win the AFCE next year, not after a rebuild. Not sure what you’re smacking about, but we got these guys for at least a year, and that’s all we need to win a playoff game and more. Phinsup!

  36. Crybaby nation is watching and posting about everything Miami is doing. Things are changing for the better in Miami and cue ball and the rev know it.

  37. Great player, had a great career, and one of my favorite players. But that’s a lot of money for a player that has to come off the field on passing downs at this point of his career. He’s still a beast against the run and can still wreak havoc blitzing up the middle but just can’t cover anymore. Wish you the best LAW DAWG !!!

  38. Brady eats up Timmons. He can not cover. It’s going to be another frustrating year for the fish……….and stealers. Ya know it.

  39. so what if he can’t cover….He is a LB not a CB. We were 30th against the run last yr….Im more worried about him stopping the run which is his forte than I worried about if he can cover….

    I know he is not as athletic as he was was at 23 but what he has gained over the 10 years is invaluable. He has alot of experience , knowledge and he brings that Steelers LB toughness mentality to the Dolphins….plus the guy can still play on a high level and make great plays. Nobody have had reason to fear the Dolphins LBs core hopefully Timmons will change that

  40. 6ball says:
    Mar 10, 2017 5:44 PM
    @gllmiaspr

    2003 – The last year Miami won a playoff game. Lol

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    2018- The year we will kick your butt and win the AFC East.

  41. As much as I love Timmons as a leader, he has shown down a bit and become a liability in pass coverage. Vince Williams will fill in nicely as a run stuffer, and we can draft someone for passing downs — unless a you MLB develops to fill that role.

  42. with all the substitutions made in pro football, almost 45% is spent in the Nickel package. Timmons won’t be on an island folks(haters).

    We sucked at run defense and he was brought in for that reason, as well as Hayes at DE. He wasn’t brought in to cover Gronk!

    With Reshad Jones back and 100% I highly doubt that we will get picked apart across the middle like last year. McCain has a lot more experience as well and with the QB of our Defense back(Jones) that communication will help support the LB Corps.

    This draft is so full of Defensive talent, Miami is bound to be looking at LB, DE. DB, G, C.

    Luckily we were able to pick up a savvy Vet at LB who stays healthy and can provide veteran leadership. If all else fails we could re-sign G Bushrod on the cheap, as a stop gap while we develop a late rounder.

    That allows Miami a lot more ability to draft the best available player left on their board, like a stud LB(or 2), DE, OL or DB(or 2).

    None of the older Vets got a ton of money for long contracts. So the future is being mortgaged away on “potential”. if we stick to the process in place, we will be developing the players we draft and resign them.

    Fins are looking up!

  43. I’m glad timmons left the steelers lol coming from a afc north rival fan that dude can hit and play linebacker the way it was meant. steelers defense Is going down the tubes (finally!) bow all that teams have to do is throw it to wherever shazier isn’t at

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