A veteran Steeler will be looking ahead to free agency to start the season.
According to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, the Pittsburgh Steelers are not expected to reach and extension with the veteran linebacker Lawrence Timmons before the team Week 1 matchup against the Washington Redskins on Monday.
The Steelers have a history of not negotiating contracts during the season, meaning that Timmons will play out the final year of his deal, then become a free agent.
A career Steeler, Timmons has been a durable player for the team over his nine year NFL career. He has started every game over the past five years, and all but four since taking on the full-time job in 2009.
The 30-year old is currently counting as $15.1 million against the salary cap and two sides will almost certainly reconvene to discuss a new deal between the end of the season and when he's scheduled to hit the open market.
However the deal will have to make sense for both sides, as Pittsburgh has a number of important players they will look to re-sign this offseason. Running back Le’Veon Bell, linebackers James Harrison and Jarvis Jones and wide receiver Markus Wheaton are all set to become free agents at season's end.
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