Steelers hope Lawrence Timmons will return in 2017
February 16, 2017 2:13 PM
By Gerry Dulac / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
General manager Kevin Colbert said the Steelers would like inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons to return for the 2017 season, but how much of a salary reduction he will accept is part of the issue.
Timmons, the first player ever drafted by Coach Mike Tomlin, is an unrestricted free agent whose $15.1 million cap hit in 2016 was the second highest on the team. He would have to agree to much lesser contract for the Steelers to re-sign him.
“Would you like to have him stay? Absolutely,” Colbert said today. “Does it all fit? We can make it work, but at what cost? He’s never been a free agent. I’d like to see him finish his career here and he would too.”
Cause for concern?
The Steelers are more apprehensive and a little less excited about the return of cornerback Senquez Golson, who has never appeared in a game, preseason or regular season, since being a No. 2 draft choice in 2015.
Part of the reason, Colbert said, is because Golson missed the entire 2016 season with a Lisfranc foot injury sustained the first week of training camp.
Last year, after Golson missed his entire rookie season with a shoulder injury, the Steelers viewed his potential return in 2016 as having another second-round draft choice.
“Last year it was one injury, now it’s two and it’s a foot,” Colbert said. “Anytime a cornerback or a skill guy gets a foot injury, you’re a little concerned. Does he go from being a 4.3 guy to a 4.5? We won’t know until we see him.
“I’m a little more apprehensive. Just from sitting out two years, where you haven’t played at all, it’s not real easy to just step out there and catch up.”
Because of Golson’s situation, Colbert said the Steelers could look at drafting a cornerback in April. Both secondary positions — cornerback and safety — are considered deep heading into the NFL combine that begins next week.
“You don’t want to refrain from considering a guy just because of the potential that [Golson] will be OK,” Colbert said.
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