Lawrence Timmons signs with Dolphins, ends Steelers tenure

The Miami Dolphins are adding a fast, physical, intimidating linebacker, coming to terms on a deal with Lawrence Timmons.

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

Timmons, a former Florida State standout, earned $15 million last season and spotrac has correctly estimated a three-year, $18 million contract.

The Dolphins and Timmons agreed to a two-year, $12 million deal, with $11 million guaranteed.

Timmons would bring a veteran presence to the defense and help current Dolphins linebacker Kiko Alonso revamp a linebacking corp that struggled for much of last season.

Timmons seemed destined to serve primarily as an outside pass-rusher when he first entered the NFL.

Timmons, 30, has 35.5 sacks, 14 forced fumbles and 12 interceptions in 10 seasons with the Steelers.

He has also missed just two games in his National Football League career, which made him one of the few consistently reliable defensive players on the Steelers roster over the past several years. The team made official his signing mid-afternoon Friday. Simmons has been Pittsburgh's leading tackler in six of the past seven seasons. He'll turn 31 soon, which isn't ideal, but Miami needed a nasty linebacker or two and fast.

The Dolphins have their thumping linebacker.

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