The Miami Dolphins are releasing veteran linebacker Lawrence Timmons, according to a league source.
In his only season with the Dolphins, Timmons finished third on the team with 84 tackles. Timmons also had 5 tackles for loss and 3 quarterback hits, but no sacks.
Timmons’ season will be mostly remembered for his disappearance before the season opener at the Los Angeles Chargers. The Dolphins had to file a police report after they couldn’t find Timmons the day before the game. When the team located Timmons he was about to board a plane.
Timmons was suspended for Miami’s second game, against the Jets, and returned to face the Saints in London.
After a strong start, Timmons faded, as his tackling became less consistent and he was replaced on passing downs.
At the end of the season, coach Adam Gase complimented Timmons’ durability and effort.
“I think he’s done a good job when he came back,” Gase said. “He’s very quiet. He works every day at practice. (He gives) everything he has. He’s been a model citizen since he’s returned. For a veteran player, I haven’t been around too many guys that does not miss snaps in practice. He is going game speed every day. He’s been very impressive to watch. (Now) I understand why his career has been what it’s been over time.”
The Dolphins would have faced a $7.25 million cap hit if he were to be released before the 2018 season, but Timmons had guaranteed dollars voided due to the preseason incident last season.
Timmons, 31, agreed to a 2-year, $12 million contract before last season, as the Dolphins expected he would bring a much-needed aggressive, physical approach to the field as well as veteran leadership.
The Dolphins will likely need to add a linebacker in free agency or the draft to compliment veteran Kiko Alonso and sophomore middle linebacker Raekwon McMillan, who lost his rookie season due to a knee injury.
This transaction has been long expected, but that it was happening today was first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.