The Dolphins have their thumping linebacker. And a big piece of their new offensive line.
Run-stopping Lawrence Timmons agreed to a two-year contract worth a reported $12 million, leaving western Pennsylvania for South Florida.
Meanwhile, the Dolphins finalized a three-year contract with guard Ted Larsen, who is expected to play on the right side next to Ja’Wuan James. The team made official his signing mid-afternoon Friday.
Both Timmons and Larsen, the journeyman veteran, were in town for a visit Friday.
Timmons, the longtime Pittsburgh Steeler who has recorded more than 100 tackles in six of the last seven seasons, got the VIP treatment.
He posted a photo to Instagram of his late-night arrival to South Florida; the Dolphins flew him down in a private jet.
Both players are part of Miami’s broader plan to find value in free agency, instead of cutting massive checks.
Larsen said he hasn’t been told his exact role yet, but can play all three interior positions. Unless Mike Pouncey gets injured again, it won’t be center.
“I feel like I’m fairly versatile — right guard, left guard, center, I feel like I play at a starter quality level,” Larsen said. “My most comfortable position is the position I play [at that given time].”
Larsen, 29, is now on his fifth roster in eight years. His longevity is a point of pride, especially considering he entered the league as a sixth-round draft pick.
In those eight years, he’s appeared in 102 games, starting 65. He graded out as the league’s No. 44 guard in 2016, according to Pro Football Focus, but gave him solid marks in run blocking.