• Timmons and Steelers Agree to Five-Year Deal


    New Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin will have his first trainning camp start with his first draft choice on the field. ESPN.com is reporting that the Steelers have reached a deal with their first-round pick, linebacker Lawrence Timmons. The 15th pick in the draft from Florida State, Timmons becomes the last Steeler to have to come to terms, meaning that Tomlin will have all his draft choices in camp come Monday.

    The 21-year-old will sign a five-year deal according to ESPN that has a maximum value of $15 million, which includes incentives. The contract has $8.053 million in bonuses. Timmons started just one season for Florida State, but had a great 2006 and that put up in the upper half of the draft boards of most teams when it comes to linebackers. Timmons sits at 6-foot, 234 pounds and was timed in 4.66 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the combine.

    The linebacker had 126 tackles, 22½ tackles for losses, eight sacks, eight pressures, one interception, seven passes defensed, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He also blocked three punts on special teams units. Most of that production came last season, when Timmons started all 13 games. In all, Timmons appeared in 38 games during his career.

    Timmons was injured throughout some of the Steelers mini-camps with a hamstring injury, but reports say that he will be able to take part in the teams trainning camp in Latrobe once it kicks off. “We think it was very important to get Lawrence signed on time to give him an opportunity to reach his immense potential,” said his agent, Drew Rosenhaus. “Obviously, Mike Tomlin’s in his first training camp and Lawrence is his first draft pick as head coach and we wanted him to be there. He’s off to a great start.”

  • Steelers and CB William Gay Agree to Terms


    The Steelers signed their second fifth round pick on Saturday, getting a deal done with Louisville cornerback William Gay.  The team signed Gay to a three-year contract that will pay him a $106,000 signing bonus.  Right now the only choices that are unsigned before camp starts Monday for the rookies is top draft choice Lawrence Timmons, a linebacker from Florida State. The team is still hoping to have Timmons signed by the time they open camp Monday afternoon.

  • Tomlin: Heavy On Two-A-Days


    New Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin says he is not looking to make friends but to make the Steelers a unified group ready to do battle.  Tomlin told reporters in his final press conference before the opening of training camp that he has a load of two-a-day practice sessions scheduled.  Tomlin has about 15 of those sessions planned, more than twice than predecessor Bill Cowher.  Seven of those sessions will focus on special teams and light drills but all players are expected to attend.  There are also no planned days off for the two weeks players will be at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe.  Players are to report by 4 p.m. Monday with the first practice Tuesday morning and the first practice open to the public Tuesday afternoon.  The Steelers begin their preseason schedule with the annual Hall Of Fame Game against New Orleans August 5th.

  • Woodley Signs; Still Waiting on Timmons


    The Steelers have reached a contract deal with linebacker LaMarr Woodley of Michigan on a four year deal, making Woodley the fifth of the eight Steelers draft choices under contract before training camp opens Monday.  First round pick Lawrence Timmons remains unsigned but his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, hopes to be in Pittsburgh over the next few days to work out a new deal.  Timmons has been working out in Pittsburgh since he injured a groin muscle on the first day of mini-camp in April.  Third-round pick Matt Spaeth and fifth-rounder William Gay are the other two picks still without a deal.


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