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Lawrence Timmons deal a perfect Steelers signing

Posted on: August 23, 2011 9:40 am
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Posted by Will Brinson

The first first-rounder that Steelers coach Mike Tomlin ever drafted -- Lawrence Timmons -- is going to end up staying with the team for a long time, as the team announced the linebacker signed a six-year, $50 million extension on Tuesday morning.

That's a hefty contract, but it's also a deal that has the Steelers fingerprints all over it, in three specific ways.

One, Timmons is a stud, but he's not a "known stud," if that makes sense.

Lacking the household-name cache of a James Harrison or the awards and public recognition of other members of the defense, Timmons comes at a pretty solid value for under $10 million a year through his prime. It's pretty standard practice for the Steelers

It's also standard practice for the Steelers to sign "their guys." As we detailed before last year's Super Bowl, the Steelers aren't exactly fond of constructing a roster made of expensive free agents. They draft well and develop those players even better -- Timmons and LaMarr Woodley (their second-round pick in 2007) both signed big deals this offseason and are now locked in for the foreseeable future at linebacker.

Additionally, the Steelers signed Timmons in for the remainder of his prime -- he was set to become a free agent right around the time he turned 26. Now Pittsburgh has the rights to Timmons and Woodley until they turn 32.

If this sounds familiar, it should. Both James Harrison and James Farrior signed deals that brought them to their early 30s. The Steelers then signed those two linebackers to an additional deal, taking them to the likely end of their respective careers.

Timmons will get one more good contract when he hits his 30s. Depending on how he's producing at that point, it might come from the Steelers.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 5:50 pm
 

Lawrence Timmons deal a perfect Steelers signing



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Since: Jun 15, 2009
Posted on: August 26, 2011 12:04 am
 

Lawrence Timmons deal a perfect Steelers signing

I was afraid with their salary cap problems we might not resign Timmons and Woodley. Im glad I was wrong and once again the greatest managhement in the NFL made the right move. How could I have doubted they wouldn't? Polamalu will also get his but even though hes my favorite player they're correct in making him prove he can stay healthy this year. I'd hate to lose him but you can't pay 10 million a year for eight games of service. Stay healthy and remain a Steeler forever Troy!



Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: August 24, 2011 6:40 am
 

Lawrence Timmons deal a perfect Steelers signing

Best all-around inside linebacker in the league.



Since: Mar 13, 2008
Posted on: August 24, 2011 2:21 am
 

Lawrence Timmons deal a perfect Steelers signing

Yeah! You got your paper boy, now help us get another ring.




Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: August 23, 2011 9:41 pm
 

Lawrence Timmons deal a perfect Steelers signing

I've been a fan of this guy since the first time I saw him play. Smart player still with some potential. The top teams keep their top guys.



Since: Jul 12, 2011
Posted on: August 23, 2011 3:35 pm
 

Lawrence Timmons deal a perfect Steelers signing

Great deal.  Class organization.  They will wait on inking Polamalu to prove some health.  They will probably give him the franchise tag next year and then work on a new deal, a la Lamar Woodley this past off-season.



Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: August 23, 2011 11:53 am
 

Lawrence Timmons deal a perfect Steelers signing

I consider Lawrence Timmons and Lamar Woodley "known" studs.  The Steelers really solidified their defense with these signings, and on the comparative cheap.  Best linebacking corps in the league by far.


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