During the season, the Miami Dolphins' linebacker core was a constant source of inconsistency. Specifically in terms of the team's ability to stop top-tier running backs, or tight-end crossing patterns in mid-field. The Miami Dolphins have begun to solve those concerns with the signing of linebacker Lawrence Timmons.
Timmons has been signed to a 2-year, $12-million contract. $11 million of his salary is guaranteed.
What does Timmons bring to Miami?
He brings good tackling, leadership, and experience. He comes from the remnants of the Steelers’ last successful Super Bowl XLIII campaign. In other words, he comes with a ring, the pinnacle achievement that all NFL athletes strive for. He also brings a 2014 Pro Bowl selection (a career-high 132 solo tackles), and 10 years’ experience to mentor recently-signed LBs Brandon Watts, Lamin Barrow, and Deon Lacey in January 2017. Per the team website, they were signed to future or reserve contracts. Regardless of any depth, our LB core needs leadership, accomplishments, and experience to lead them. All three of those needs are met in Timmons’ signing with the Dolphins.
Besides his on-field exploits, his other notoriety comes from being the first draft pick of Mike Tomlin’s coaching era. As recognized by Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, his durability is an asset, having made “101 consecutive starts,” and “played in 120 consecutive regular-season games. Also, he has played in every Steelers’ post-season game since 2007. He also displayed a team-first mentality, constantly restructuring his contracts for his prior team to acquire new talent.
On and off the field, Miami's acquisition of Lawrence Timmons brings instant credibility to our linebacker core, averaging 98 solo tackles, 3.5 sacks and one interception per season. This Florida State alumni is coming home to wreak havoc for the Miami Dolphins.