Lawrence Timmons leaves the Pittsburgh Steelers

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have already lost two of their own unrestricted free agents to other teams so far during the 2017 NFL league year as linebacker Lawrence Timmons and wide receiver Markus Wheaton have both signed contracts with the Miami Dolphins and Chicago Bears respectively.

Timmons' new deal is for $12 million, including $11 million guaranteed, according to an industry source.

Timmons earned a salary of $8.75 million last season when his cap number was $15 million, mainly because they kept redoing his contract to save cap room and push the accounting into the future.

The highest round DeMarcus Ware, Andrew Whitworth, Julius Peppers, Lawrence Timmons and Lorenzo Alexander can be valued at is the 5th round.

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With Timmons gone, the Steelers likely will have Vince Williams fill his spot inside.

Tough to lose a great teammate and friend but wish you nothing but the best. He also has made 101 consecutive regular-season starts, also the longest active streak at the position. A former Pro Bowl player, Timmons had 114 tackles, 2.5 sacks and two interceptions in 2016, helping the Steelers reach the AFC Championship game.

Timmons was involved in the Steelers two Super Bowl appearances during his time there, winning one in 2008 against the Arizona Cardinals and then losing to the Green Bay Packers in 2011.