The Miami Dolphins are adding a fast, physical, intimidating linebacker, coming to terms on a deal with Lawrence Timmons.
The Dolphins and Timmons agreed to a two-year, $12 million deal, with $11 million guaranteed.
Timmons can hit, he can rush and he can cover. He’ll turn 31 soon, which isn’t ideal, but Miami needed a nasty linebacker or two and fast.
This move gives Miami the flexibility to be able to move Kiko Alonso to outside linebacker. Miami recently offered Alonso a one-year, $3.91 million deal and it is very likely he will accept if a long-term deal is not reached.
It seems likely Jelani Jenkins won’t be back. Koa Misi wants to play but has had a serious neck injury.
Neville Hewitt is a developing player. And Spencer Paysinger and Donald Butler are free agents.
Timmons, a former Florida State standout, earned $15 million last season and spotrac has correctly estimated a three-year, $18 million contract.
According to Pro Football Focus, Timmons has regressed the past two seasons, recording below-average scores of 34.3 and 48.4. Timmons graded higher in pass coverage and on the blitz than against the run.
But he is sturdy and durable and consistent, which is better than Miami had last season.
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