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Old 07-15-2007, 11:05 PM   #1
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Default Update: Lawrence Timmons Signs Contract With Steelers

Wait and see with signing Timmons
By John Harris
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Monday, July 16, 2007

Want to be the first to place your head on the chopping block?

Go right ahead.

Agent Drew Rosenhaus took the plunge once already. He probably won't be so quick to do it a second time.

Rosenhaus represents tight end Greg Olsen, the No. 31 overall draft pick, who became the first first-rounder to sign.

Olsen inked a five-year, $10.6 million contract with the Chicago Bears on July 3. The deal includes almost $4.9 million in bonuses and is about 10 percent higher than what last year's No. 31 pick received.

Rosenhaus' other first-round client, Florida State linebacker Lawrence Timmons, still hasn't signed with the Steelers, who open training camp July 23 at St. Vincent College. Rosenhaus told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review in May that "we have all the confidence" Timmons will be signed before camp starts.

Given the slow progress of negotiations for the other 31 first-rounders, Rosenhaus might not be so quick to get Timmons signed, despite the agent's bold guarantee.

Rosenhaus, who claims to have never had a first-round holdout, understands the importance of Timmons reporting on time.

Timmons is the inaugural first-round pick of new coach Mike Tomlin. He missed the majority of offseason workouts because of a groin injury. The last thing either side wants is for Timmons to report late because of his contract and have his development delayed any more.

Still, Rosenhaus' loyalty is with Timmons, not the Steelers. He owes it to Timmons to negotiate the very best contract.

One way for Rosenhaus, who repsesents more than 90 clients, to determine the true value of Timmons' contract is to allow a pattern of signings to develop before agreeing to a deal.

Instead of taking the lead as he did with the Olsen deal, Rosenhaus could simply wait for other players to sign.

For example, Rosenhaus might decide to wait for No. 14 selection Darrelle Revis of Pitt to sign with the New York Jets and/or No. 16 selection Justin Harrell to sign with Green Bay.

The process is known as slotting, and it would enable Rosenhaus to establish a market based on the players taken directly before and after Timmons.

Last year's No. 15 pick, Tye Hill (five years, $10.2 million including between $6-$7.7 million guaranteed), signed earlier than No. 14 pick Broderick Bunkley (six years, between $17.5-$25.1 million with $7.46 million guaranteed) and No. 16 pick Jason Allen (six years, between $24-$30 million with $7.8 million guaranteed).

Rosenhaus told the Tribune-Review last month that negotiations with the Steelers were progressing, although no contract offers had been exchanged.

In May, Rosenhaus predicted that negotiations for Timmons would heat up as training camp approaches.

Truth be told, the Steelers have Rosenhaus right where they want him.

Timmons' groin injury plus a holdout equals a wasted rookie season.

If Rosenhaus doesn't make good on his guarantee, guess whose side Steelers fans will come down on?

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pitt.../s_517438.html
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Old 07-15-2007, 11:16 PM   #2
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Default Re: Wait and see with signing Timmons

Good, so we can expect that by the end of this week Timmons could be signed
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Old 07-15-2007, 11:18 PM   #3
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Default Re: Wait and see with signing Timmons

the greg olsen signing is a bit of a stretch. this will have no bearing on the timmons signing, because the bears have been very pro active in getting their players signed early just like the steelers have been.

people will naturally look at drew as the devil just for representing T.O., however we are not trying to sign T.O.

the slotting pretty much takes care of itself. you take what #15 got last year and add the 7% or so salary cap increase for this year and voila.

drew aint gonna pull the wool over the roones eyes or try to bend over the steelers organization. hes smart enough to know "homie dont play that".

*awaiting ensuing panic*
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Good, so we can expect that by the end of this week Timmons could be signed
Hopefully for a nice price judging that the kid has already pulled his groin and sat on the bench for the majority of mini-camp. I would think that would give the Steelers some leverage. Eitherway I see him getting signed before camp.
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Homie Don't Play That.....lol All is missing is a pic of Homie the Clown.....lol

Timmons needs to be signed before camp or at the most miss the one or two days...Timmons needs to get in there if he wants to have any shot to contribute his rookie year.....I think Mr. Next Question knows this.....So I'm sure we all will hear an announcement by Friday of Lawrence Timmons signing his contract......
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Old 07-15-2007, 11:36 PM   #6
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All is missing is a pic of Homie the Clown.....lol.
Will this do?

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Default Re: Wait and see with signing Timmons

Personally...

I'm not too worried about it.

We'll see what will happen to him, but it will be okay in the end.
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Yep.. you got that right...

He sure is a clown.
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lol..........................:so funny:
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I believe timmons will be signed before camp.By the way nice pic of the clown 83-steelers-43
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