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Lawrence Timmons signs 2-year deal with Dolphins

The All-Pro linebacker will join a new team after a decade with the Steelers.

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Lawrence Timmons is joining the Miami Dolphins. The 10-year veteran signed with the team Friday, inking a two-year, $12 million deal that will put him in a new uniform for the first time after a decade with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Steelers selected Timmons 15th overall back in 2007 and he was a fixture in the team’s defense. Though his tenure got off to a slow start — he didn’t become a regular starter until 2009 — his ability to work as both a pass rusher and a run stopper has helped him carry on a tradition of stout defenses in western Pennsylvania.

Timmons has been in the league for a decade, but is still playing at a high level. He’ll be 31 next season, but is just two years from being named a Second Team All-Pro linebacker. His 114 combined tackles were enough to lead the entire Pittsburgh defense in 2016.

Adding the high-profile linebacker will add a starter to a Miami defense that struggled in many aspects in 2016. The Dolphins were No. 30 in rushing defense and No. 29 in total yards allowed. Timmons is an important leader both on and off the field, and his presence will be important for the team’s emphasis on building the defense in free agency and through the draft this spring.