The Pittsburgh Steelers are interested to re-signing veteran linebacker Lawrence Timmons, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.
La Canfora tweeted Monday that the Steelers have now started contract talks with Timmons as well as wide receiver Antonio Brown.
Steelers beginning their dialogue today with LB Lawrence Timmons, a pending FA, and WR Antonio Brown, in line for extension, on new deals
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) February 13, 2017
Timmons, who will turn 31 in May, is currently scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on March 9th, the start of the 2017 league year. The Steelers former first round draft pick registered 114 total tackles during the 2016 regular season in addition to two interceptions and a forced fumble.
Timmons has been an iron man of sorts with the Steelers since entering the league in 2007 as he’s now played in 120 straight regular season games entering the offseason. The Florida State product last missed a regular season game in 2009.
Over the course of the 2016 season, Timmons indicated several times that he hopes to end his career right where it started in Pittsburgh. Last season he earned a base salary of $8.75 million, the final year of his contract.
It will now be interesting to see if the Steelers can re-sign Timmons prior to the start of free agency and one has to think that will ultimately wind up being the case.
As for contract talks with Brown, it was reported a few weeks ago that the Steelers had already started discussing a long-term contract extension with him. Brown currently has one year remaining on his contract with the Steelers.