The Steelers, perhaps anticipating that 2016 would be Timmons' final season with them, signed backup Vince Williams to a three-year, $5.5 million contract last August. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirmed.
The South Carolina native continued to establish himself as an elite-level performer in 2016 with 114 tackles, 2.5 sacks and two interceptions.
Timmons, who was Mike Tomlin's first draft pick, played well in 2016, and carried a hefty price tag for his efforts a year ago too.
Inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons #94 of the Pittsburgh Steelers takes part in pre-game warm ups before a game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on October 12, 2015 in San Diego, California. He'll again be paired this season with five-time Pro Bowl end Cameron Wake.
Timmons seemed destined to serve primarily as an outside pass-rusher when he first entered the NFL. 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.
The Miami Dolphins have added veteran linebacker Lawrence Timmons, as is being reported by multiple sources.
It now appears the Steelers will move in that direction.
Timmons' career in Pittsburgh should not go overlooked. He'll turn 31 soon, which isn't ideal, but Miami needed a nasty linebacker or two and fast.
The team announced on Thursday that they have placed a first-round restricted free agent tender on Alonso, who is coming off his first season with the team. Timmons will be taking over the role of leading a Dolphins defense that was ranked 30th in the league past year against the run, giving up 4.8 yards per carry.