Steelers Sign LB Lawrence Timmons To New 6 Year $50 Million Contract

Just weeks after signing outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley to an extension, the Steelers announced today that they have signed linebacker Lawrence Timmons to a new 6 year – $50 million deal. The new Timmons deal is just a hair under the deal the 49ers gave inside linebacker Patrick Willis. Willis signed a 7 year – $53.51 million deal last year.

Timmons led the Steelers in tackles in 2010 with a 135. He also had three sacks, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. The move to extend Timmons now means that safety Troy Polamalu will likely play out his final year under contract and receive the franchise tag next offseason prior to being extended. Polamalu has made it known that he wants to retire a Steeler.

ETA: Ed Bouchette reports the Timmons deal includes $18 million in bonuses. If indeed the final year of his rookie contract was ripped up, my best guess would be $13 million guaranteed and that includes a $10 million signing bonus. If that is the structure then the deal could include a 2012 roster bonus of $5 million. The Woodley deal was structured with a $5.5 million 2012 roster bonus so it stands to figure that Timmons was structured close to that. If indeed all of the above is true, Timmons would carry a $4.67 2011 cap hit. Please remember that this is just a guess based on how other contracts have been structured. These numbers are in no way to be considered fact, just a guess. The official numbers will not come out for a few days.

  • Teeman

    Boy those linebackers are gettin’ paid!!! First Harrison, then Woodley, now Timmons gettin’ $50 Million, damn!

  • Joe D

    This is a passing league…
    I wish Steelers seek out anther top CB to play opposite Ike.
    It’s not McFadden or Gay… and I don’t see any young fellas being a top CB.
    The Steeler blitz will only work so much…
    Lots of money spent on Steeler defense front 7 (DL & LB).

    Also, need a OL… very little money on the OL… it’s a patchwork OL!!!

  • Meatrack

    Good move locking him up now. I have a feeling he’s going to have a huge season and could have demanded even more money.

  • Steve Duncan

    The front 7 has been the top priority for close to 20 years now, I wouldn’t expect it to change.

  • Steve Duncan

    Yeah, they definitely needed to keep him from the open market. He was much more likely to leave for the money than Troy.

  • Dgh1957

    Good move with this signing!!

    Seems like not long ago people were questioning this draft pick of Tomlins!

  • Dave

    Can Steeler fans finally put the tired old “Rooney’s are cheap” bullcrap to rest for good?

    This is a classic Steelers move. They build from within, re-sign their own guys, don’t make a “splash” with signing outside guys. It works.

  • Steve Duncan

    I agree. I hate hearing how the Rooney’s are cheap, yet they are always up against the cap. They don’t overspend for anyone, but they spend broadly to lock up key guys and get depth. That is why they win while teams like the Skins that focus all their money on stars lose.