What is the price for keeping two of the NFL's best young linebackers together?
It's $111.5 million for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
That is the amount Pittsburgh recently invested in 2007 draft picks LaMarr Woodley and Lawrence Timmons. The dynamic pair were back-to-back selections for the Steelers four years ago. Both got huge extensions just several weeks apart.
Pittsburgh signed Timmons to a six-year, $50 million contract on Tuesday. The former first-round pick recorded 135 tackles and two interceptions last season. Many in the Steelers' organization believe Timmons, 25, still hasn't reached his potential and could be one of the top inside linebackers in the NFL.
Woodley, who signed a six-year, $61.5 million contract, will join Timmons in Pittsburgh for the foreseeable future. James Harrison, 33, and James Farrior, 36, won't play much longer. But the great tradition and future of Pittsburgh's linebacking corps is secure with Timmons and Woodley.