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Report: Dolphins sign former Steelers ILB Lawrence Timmons to two-year contract

Mike Tomlin’s first draft pick won’t be wearing black and gold in 2017, but Miami Dolphins Aqua and Orange.

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It is rare for an NFL player to start and end their career with one team, and although Lawrence Timmons probably thought all of his years would be with the Pittsburgh Steelers, the team who drafted him in 2007, he is leaving via free agency and going to the Miami Dolphins, per Adam Schefter.

Timmons, who was Mike Tomlin’s first draft pick, played well in 2016, and carried a hefty price tag for his efforts last year too. However, the Steelers knew there was a chance the would be unable to afford to keep him in the Steel City for the rest of his career.

Timmons marks the second free agent to leave for greener pastures this offseason, Timmons following Markus Wheaton’s trip to now play for the Chicago Bears.

The departure of the man they call “Law Dog” means the Steelers will rely on Vince Williams, and probably a free agent or draft pick to fill out the inside linebacker position next to Pro Bowl linebacker Ryan Shazier.

On behalf of BTSC, and the global Steelers fan base, we wish Timmons nothing but the best for the duration of his time in the NFL. He will always be a member of the Steelers organization, and one of the greatest linebackers of his era. He will be missed.