Just when Miami Dolphins fans were getting extra antsy about rumors of who the team may or may not sign when Free Agency becomes official on Thursday, news broke that the Dolphins will be hosting linebacker Lawrence Timmons for a visit on Saturday.
Timmons was a first round pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2007 and has been a starter since 2009, a timeframe in which he’s shown remarkable durability, missing just two games in the past eight seasons.
A word of caution here: The Steelers are reported to be trying to make Timmons their top priority, but in a situation similar to wide receiver Kenny Stills, the team won’t stand in the way of the player testing the free agent market and finding out what kind of offers are out there.
And apparently Miami will be given a chance to make an early impression.
Timmons will turn 31 this year, so any deal would likely take that into consideration, but he was highly effective last season, posting 114 total tackles, two interceptions, one forced fumble, and four tackles for a loss. He also had 2.5 sacks and broke up four pass attempts.
The Dolphins are trying to upgrade their linebacker corps to play alongside Kiko Alonso, as injuries/ineffectiveness at the outside linebacker positions hurt the team badly last season.
This story was written by Eldon Jenson. Follow him on Twitter @EJFootball.
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