Following LaMarr Woodley’s contract extension earlier this summer a lot of us agreed that Lawrence Timmons, the player selected one round ahead of Woodley in 2007, should be the next player the Steelers target for a long-term deal. On Tuesday they signed him to a six-year, $50 million contract that also comes with $22.5 million in guaranteed money.
Here’s a quick look at how that compares to some other middle linebackers that have cashed in over the past couple of seasons, ranked in order of guaranteed money.
|David Harris||4||$36 million||$29.5 million||26||2007|
|Patrick Willis||5||$50 million||$29 million||25||2007|
|Jon Beason||5||$50 million||$25 million||25||2007|
|Lawrence Timmons||6||$50 million||$22.5 million||25||2007|
|Karlos Dansby||5||$43 million||$22 million||29||2004|
|Bart Scott||6||$48 million||$22 million||29||2002|
|Demeco Ryans||6||$48 million||$21.75 million||26||2006|
Seems like a pretty fair deal for the Steelers.
How many players on that list would you take over Timmons right now and into the future? Patrick Willis is the easy answer (because he’s probably better than every linebacker in the NFL), but other than that, would you take any of them?
Beyond that, a contract extension for a player like Timmons isn’t just about what he’s done in the past, but also what he will do going forward. And as the youngest starter on the Steelers defense (unless Ziggy Hood takes over for Aaron Smith) and one of the most dynamic middle linebackers in the NFL that can pretty much everything (cover, blitz, play against the run) it should have been an easy call to get this done and get it done now, because his price tag was only going to go up.