But the Steelers put sentiment aside and assumed Timmons' play will fall off eventually, marking the end of an era for a highly productive player and the first draft pick of the Mike Tomlin tenure in 2007. However, the Steelers knew there was a chance the would be unable to afford to keep him in the Steel City for the rest of his career.
Timmons has been in the league for a decade, but is still playing at a high level. Although not the most coveted free agent available at the linebacker position he fills a need Miami needed most, a run-stuffing linebacker.
Lawrence Timmons might have one very good year left. He will be missed.
Timmons, who agreed to the deal after visiting South Florida on Friday, spent the past 10 seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers and has started every game since 2011.
After a sluggish 2015 campaign, Timmons boosted his profile last season with 114 tackles, 2.5 sacks and two interceptions with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Lawrence Timmons is joining the Miami Dolphins. Stills led Miami previous year with nine touchdown catches.
The Steelers did want Timmons back and kept in contact with his agent, Drew Rosenhaus.
While Pittsburgh's success is predicated largely on the offense led by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, running back Le'Veon Bell and wide receiver Antonio Brown, losing Timmons potentially weakens a defensive unit that was already suspect to some degree.