Series 1: Signing Lawrence Timmons Long Term
Now that LaMarr Woodley signed his extension worth 61.5 million dollars over 5 years (and 18 million of that over the next 2 years), who do the Steelers target next among their big name players?
Let's break it down. The Steelers have 2 young stars that will be unrestricted free agents at the end of this year. The first one we'll cover is Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker (ILB) Lawrence Timmons. Even though Timmons' has yet to make a pro bowl, he was probably the second best ILB in the league last year behind only Patrick Willis from the San Francisco 49ers. Timmons skill set is unique for someone his size. He is a tackling machine and can cover any tight end (TE) in the league. His coverage skills are what makes him so valuable to the Steelers. Timmons could likely have increased sack numbers if he wasn't asked to drop back into coverage on many 3rd down plays. Timmons can play the hybrid role like Troy Polamalu and needs to be the staple of this defense for many years to come. My best guess would indicate that he'll demand contract numbers similar to LaMarr Woddley. Timmons' agent is Drew Rosenhaus.
Let's take a look at Lawrence Timmons' stats for the 2010-2011 season:
Games Played: 16
Forced Fumbles: 2
Passed Defensed: 9