Lawrence Timmons is headed to Miami Dolphins

After a decade in Pittsburgh, Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons is flying south.

The Miami Dolphins inked the productive and versatile linebacker to a two-year, $12 million deal, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. The 30-year-old was a first-round pick by the Steelers organization back in 2007 and just finished the tail end of a five-year contract. Nearly all of the money is guaranteed.

Timmons has appeared in fewer than 16 games just once during his career, back in 2009 when he made appearances in 14 of 16 games. His stunning longevity has provided a bedrock in Pittsburgh's swarming 3-4 defense for years and 2016 may have been one of his finest seasons to date.

In 2016, Timmons picked off a pair of passes, broke up five more, forced a fumble and logged 2.5 sacks to go along with a team-high 78 solo tackles, which is 23 more than the next highest player on the roster, Ryan Shazier.

Second-year Dolphins head coach Adam Gase is going with the flow in building the 2017 rendition of his team. His defense is already loaded with veteran talent and Timmons will be another seasoned professional added to the mix.

The team appears to have wooed him in style during the opening hours of free agency.

Miami's defense will not be short on intimidators this coming season.

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