The Miami Dolphins got rid of one linebacker Tuesday afternoon and traded for another later in the day.
just days after he abandoned the club prior to its season-opening win Sunday. Hours later,The team suspended Lawrence Timmons, the Dolphins acquired former first-round pick Stephone Anthony from the New Orleans Saints for an undisclosed selection in next year's draft.
a one-time Pro Bowler who spent his first 10 NFL seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, signed a two-year,Timmons, $12 million deal with Miami in the offseason.
right before Miami played its first game of the season in Los Angeles against the Chargers. The Dolphins filed a missing person report before making contact with Timmons,He went AWOL Saturday, who apparently was dealing with a personal matter.
He wasn’t with the Dolphins at the game and didn’t fly back to South Florida on the team plane after Miami’s 19-17 win.
the Dolphins had only four linebackers active against the Chargers. Undrafted rookie free agent Chase Allen started in Timmons’ place and made three tackles. Middle linebacker Mike Hull, making his second career start,Without Timmons, played every snap and led Miami with 10 tackles.
Miami’s scheduled opener on Sept. 10 was postponed because of Hurricane Irma. With the Dolphins given several days off that week, Timmons spent time with former Steelers teammates on their practice field and in the locker room on Sept. 8 before their first game.
Several Dolphins players said Timmons showed no signs he was dealing with any issues,Authentic Derrick Johnson Jersey, and said he had been a model teammate during the preseason.
the 31st overall pick of the 2015, draft had fallen out of favor in New Orleans. He started all 16 games as a rookie,Anthony,Authentic Bennie Logan Jersey, but only started three games last year and had not been active in the first two contests of this season.
Dolphins acquire LB Stephone Anthony from Saints
the Miami Dolphins suspended projected starting linebacker Lawrence Timmons after he went AWOL over the weekend. Later in the day,On Tuesday,Authentic Bryan Witzmann Jersey, the team made a move hoping to bring more depth to its linebacker corps.
Miami acquired linebacker Stephone Anthony in a trade with the New Orleans Saints in exchange for a 2018 undisclosed pick. Last year, Anthony suffered through an injury prone season as he was placed on injured reserve because of a knee injury.
Anthony was a first-round pick (31st overall) by the Saints in the 2015 NFL Draft and started all 16 games as a rookie. In 2016, Anthony played in 10 games with three starts and totaled 15 tackles (12 solo).
Anthony racked up 112 tackles (70 solo),Authentic Terrance Mitchell Jersey, one sack, one interception, five passes defensed,Authentic Ramik Wilson Jersey,As a rookie, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery on his way to being named to the Pro Football Writers Association All-Rookie Team in 2015. In college, Anthony played at Clemson,Womens Demetrius Harris Jersey, where he earned First-Team All-ACC honors as a senior in 2014.
At this point, it makes sense that the Dolphins traded for Anthony. There wasn't a lot of options on the free agent market and the team desperately needed another body at the linebacker position.
Anthony switched from inside linebacker to strongside linebacker,In 2016, which caused him to struggle with his reads and recognition on the field. It isn't known if Anthony will play at the strongside or back in the middle for the Dolphins.
Dolphins trade for Saints linebacker Anthony after suspending AWOL Timmons
Two reasons to believe Lawrence Timmons’ days with the Dolphins are numbered, based on Tuesday’s moves:
The organization suspended the veteran linebacker indefinitely just days after he bailed on the team.
they traded an undisclosed 2018 draft pick to the Saints for linebacker Stephone Anthony,And hours later, a former first-round pick. NFL Network reported it was a fifth-round pick.
in just his third year in the league, saw his role reduced in New Orleans the last two years after starting all 16 games as a rookie. The Clemson product was a member of the PFWA all-rookie team,Anthony, but hasn’t played at all in 2017 due to a high-ankle sprain.
meanwhile, wanted to return to the the team, sources said earlier this week,Timmons, but the Dolphins made clear Tuesday they want him to stay away from the organization — at least for now.
Timmons can be suspended by the team for a maximum of four games for conducted detrimental to the team, according to the Collective Bargaining Agreement. It is believed the suspension voids some if not all of the $4.5 million Timmons was guaranteed in 2018. Multiple efforts to reach the players’ union on this matter were unsuccessful.
Adam Gase has proven to be a no-nonsense coach in his two seasons in Miami. He left Jay Ajayi home for the 2016 opener because Ajayi went into a funk after losing the starting job to Arian Foster. And he benched defensive back Walt Aikens for a game after arriving late to a team meeting last October.
Gase answered tersely when asked about Timmons’ situation Monday, making no promises that Timmons would be welcomed back to the team.
When asked what rules he asks his players to follow, Gase responded: “Be on time and play hard. I don’t know if that’s real hard.”
As for what his tolerance level is for those who break them?
“What do you think? They’ve got two rules. It’s not hard.”
Timmons’ suspension does not necessarily mean his time with the Dolphins is over before it truly begins. Instead, it gives the team up to a month to decide how to proceed, and lets the Dolphins use his roster spot on Anthony in the interim.
If the Dolphins want to add depth beyond Anthony,Womens Derrick Johnson Jersey, who started 34 games for the Dolphins from 2013-2016, there are a number of available veteran linebackers, including ex-Dolphins Jelani Jenkins,Womens Bennie Logan Jersey, Neville Hewitt and Kelvin Sheppard. Jenkins, was cut by the Bills Tuesday.
Chase Allen,Womens Bryan Witzmann Jersey, started in Timmons’ absence Sunday. Mike Hull, a rookie free agent, who was expected to only see the field for a fraction of Miami’s defense plays against the Chargers,Womens Terrance Mitchell Jersey, didn’t miss a snap with him gone. Plus Rey Maualuga might be available after missing the opener due to a hamstring injury.
The Dolphins’ latest saga began late Saturday, trying to board a flight to Pennsylvania, when officials could not locate Timmons at curfew. Police later located him at Los Angeles aiport,Womens Ramik Wilson Jersey, according to TMZ. Based on reports, he urgently wanted to see his baby and the child’s mother. The Dolphins filed a missing persons report with multiple jurisdictions when they discovered him gone.
Timmons is in the first year of a two-year, and was expected not only to be a significant contributor to the defense,Authentic Demetrius Harris Jersey, $12 million contract, but a team leader.
Dolphins players said Monday that Timmons would be welcomed back into the locker room. That decision, however, is not ultimately theirs to make.
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