After three straight seasons of solid production, the Pittsburgh Steelers have signed linebacker Lawrence Timmons to a five-year contract extension. ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that the new contract is worth $50 million. It has not been revealed how much guaranteed money Timmons will receive as a part of the new contract.
Pass rushing specialist LaMarr Woodley also signed a new contract this offseason, worth six years and $61.5 million, setting some financial precedent for Timmons' contract. The two linebackers, along with James Farrior and James Harrison, make up one of the most formidable corps of linebackers in the league. Now, at least two of those players will be on the team for the foreseeable future.
Timmons had a slight downtick in the number of sacks recorded last season, but he recorded career highs in tackles, fumbles recovered, interceptions and passes defensed. For more on Timmons and the Pittsburgh Steelers, check out SB Nation's Steelers blog Behind The Steel Curtain.