The Miami Dolphins have added veteran linebacker Lawrence Timmons, as is being reported by multiple sources.
Dolphins signing Lawrence Timmons to a 2-year, $12 millions deal including $11 million guaranteed, per sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 10, 2017
Timmons will provide the Dolphins with an instant upgrade at linebacker. The 30-year old will most likely take over at MLB, which would move Kiko Alonso to the outside (weakside). Timmons is also extremely durable as he has been in the league for 10 years and has only missed two games, which both happened to be in 2009.
Timmons was drafted in the first round of the the 2007 NFL Draft by the Steelers, where he has spent all of his career until now. With the Steelers, he recorded 981 tackles, 35.5 sacks, 12 interceptions, and 13 forced fumbles. He led the Steelers in tackles last season with a combined 114.
The Dolphins wanted to overhaul their linebacker unit after the unit did not live up to expectations last season, besides Alonso. The addition of Timmons should help bolster the unit with his veteran presence. The team could still use another linebacker through free agency or the draft.