Timmons signed a two-year, $12 million contract with the Dolphins on Friday, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports. Over the past 10 seasons with the Steelers, Timmons established himself as a leader on defense, only missing two games in his career. In Miami, he'll play alongside linebackers Kiko Alonso (thumb) and Koa Misi (neck). Last season Timmons recorded 114 tackles (78 solo), five pass deflections, 2.5 sacks, two interceptions and a forced fumble through 16 games.
Timmons will visit the Dolphins, ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports. Set to hit unrestricted free agency, the 30-year-old Timmons likely will be Pittsburgh's top offseason priority, but the linebacker may be able to find a better contract elsewhere. With fellow inside linebacker Ryan Shazier proving to be an outstanding player in his own right (when healthy), the Steelers may not want to dole out top dollar to his aging position mate. Of course, there's plenty of room for both players to shine in the team's 3-4 defensive scheme.
Timmons recorded a team-leading 14 tackles (nine solo) in the Steelers' 36-17 loss to the Patriots on Sunday. After dominating opponents their past nine games, Pittsburgh's defense looked inept against Tom Brady, who led New England to four touchdowns and 411 yards of offense without a turnover. If the Steelers hope to overtake the Patriots next season, resigning Timmons, who is an unrestricted free agent, will be a priority.
Timmons recorded a team-high 14 tackles (eight solo), including two sacks in Pittsburgh's 30-12 wild-card win against Miami on Sunday. The Steelers' defense dominated all game, totaling five sacks. Next on the schedule is the Chiefs, against which Pittsburgh had four sacks in 43-14 win in Week 4.
Timmons had six tackles (five solo) in Pittsburgh's 27-24 overtime win against Cleveland on Sunday. Timmons led the Steelers with 114 tackles (78 solo), including 2.5 sacks. This was his fifth straight season leading the team in tackles and his sixth in seven years with 100 or more tackles. He also had two interceptions.