The Steelers have signed linebacker Lawrence Timmons to a six-year deal worth $50 million. This comes as no surprise, since Timmons had one year left on his old contract. He's also an amazing athlete who's currently 25, so a breakout this year isn't at all out of the question. The Steelers did well to get him under contract. Steelers Depot reports that about $15 million of the deal is guaranteed.
The Post-Gazette also reports that it appears likely that the Steelers will not sign safety Troy Polamalu to an extension before the start of the season. The team has a policy of not discussing contracts during the season, so that could make Polamalu a free agent after the season is over. The most likely alternative to that is for the team to assign him the franchise tag, just as it did with LaMarr Woodley last year.
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