One-time Seminole Timmons gets paid

One-time Florida State star Lawrence Timmons, originally a first-round pick of the Steelers in the 2007 NFL Draft, has been rewarded by Pittsburgh with a lucrative contract extension.

Locking up another one of their core defenders, the Steelers have signed linebacker Lawrence Timmons to a five-year, $50 million contract, according to ESPN.

This marks the second time that Pittsburgh has reached an extension with one of its linebackers after hammering out a six-year, $61.5 million pact with LaMarr Woodley.

Timmons is a key contributor on one of the NFL's premier defenses. The former Florida State standout has made a sound transition to the NFL after a somewhat bumpy rookie season in 2007.

With James Harrison and James Farrior up in years, the Steelers have two young stars at linebacker under contract for the next several seasons.

Aaron Wilson is an NFL analyst for

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