The Pittsburgh Steelers re-signed veteran linebacker James Harrison on Wednesday and they continue to talk to the rep of another veteran defensive player who is set to become an unrestricted free agent a week from Thursday.
According to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com, the Steelers are continuing to talk with agent Drew Rosenhaus this week at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis about possibly re-signing linebacker Lawrence Timmons.
This news shouldn’t come as a huge surprise as general manager Kevin Colbert recently admitted that the organization would like to re-sign Timmons if at all possible. With that said, the team might let Timmons explore his free agency options starting on March 9, the start of the 2017 league year.
“Would you love to have him stay? Absolutely,” Colbert said of Timmons last week, via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “Does it all fit? I think we can make it fit. At what cost? He has to see what his market is. He’s never been a free agent, and we have nothing against him finding out. Let’s stay in touch as we go through the process. We’d love to see Lawrence finish his career here, and I think he would, too.”
Timmons, who led the Steelers in tackles last season, has stated for some time now that he hopes to end his career right where it started in Pittsburgh.
The Steelers have a long history of re-signing their own free agents just prior to the start of the league year so there’s still a decent chance that Timmons might be back in the fold by this same time next week.