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Report: Jets showing interest in Dont’a Hightower

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Linebacker Dont’a Hightower stands out on PFT’s list of the top free agents in this year’s class because he’s ranked near the top and hasn’t signed or been given a franchise tag.

The way Hightower would fit in defenses outside of New England is reportedly a consideration for some other teams, but it appears the Jets are not in that group. Jason LaCanfora of CBS Sports reported Sunday that the Jets “appear to be leading the pack” along with the Patriots when it comes to signing Hightower.

Rich Cimini of ESPN.com followed up with another report of Jets interest in Hightower, although there’s no sign that anything is imminent with one of the teams chasing the Patriots in the AFC East. The timing of the news and the Jets’ presence in the division could be a prod to get the ball moving with New England, although their pace thus far doesn’t suggest they are panicked about Hightower leaving.

The Jets have not been big players in free agency thus far and have appeared to be moving in the opposite direction by parting ways with several high-priced veterans. Acquiring Hightower might lead to another move with David Harris, but that remains a question for another day.

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  1. rodgerstonelson says: Mar 12, 2017 4:41 PM

    The Jets chasing the Patriots. Must be a slow crawl…LOL

  2. One for the other thumb says: Mar 12, 2017 4:43 PM

    How can jets possibly afford him?

  3. sml1210 says: Mar 12, 2017 4:44 PM

    Thanx for your past efforts, Dont’a! Hope you enjoyed your last winning season in 2016!

    Why would BB ever believe this is anything but agent bluster? Call his bluff and see if High really wants to play the rest of his career in that dumpster fire

  4. streetyson says: Mar 12, 2017 4:44 PM

    Jets just tampering with the negotiations to make the Pats pay more.

  5. pardonmyjake says: Mar 12, 2017 4:45 PM

    strange that teams are having issues figuring out wear to put one’ve the best linebackers in football on the field

  6. redclaw1314 says: Mar 12, 2017 4:45 PM

    If no evidence of tampering then that means Jets are not really interested.

  7. sidepull says: Mar 12, 2017 4:49 PM

    Dont do it DH

  8. More Cowbell says: Mar 12, 2017 4:49 PM

    They are probably trying to get the Pats to use up more cap. If they seriously break the bank for him they hurt their own selves.

  9. ampats says: Mar 12, 2017 4:51 PM

    Does High want to move from the penthouse to the basement?

    Current Jets roster looks like the Jets will have the #1 pick in the 2018 draft.

    January 10, 1969 the Golden Anniversary is just around the corner Jets fans.

  10. mixjuan says: Mar 12, 2017 4:52 PM

    Jets? Seriously? This guarantees he comes back to the Pats

  11. tylawspick6 says: Mar 12, 2017 4:54 PM

    is he out if his
    mind? why even have the agent take the call?

  12. pats777 says: Mar 12, 2017 4:57 PM

    Ah, the Jets trying to sign a former Patriot defensive standout. We all know how the last one ended, complete with a literal phantom bidding war.

  13. harrisonhits2 says: Mar 12, 2017 5:01 PM

    Lol if that doesn’t send him screaming into the night back to the Pats nothing will.

    They’re just trying to drive the price up on the Pats they way the Pats drove the price up on Revis. They know very well he’d never go to that wretched excuse of a horribly run team.

  14. Bloodfart says: Mar 12, 2017 5:01 PM

    Three big plus’s for joining the jets are they give out stupid contracts so a LOT more money, much easier and relaxing ‘practices’ and much more time off every January and February. He’s already got the rings so he has the luxury of going into cruise control and just collect checks for the rest of his career.

  15. walker1191 says: Mar 12, 2017 5:05 PM

    If the Jet’s goal is simply to drive up the price for the Patriots by bidding beyond what they want to pay, I’d say that’s a dangerous game of chicken to play with Belichick.

  16. jag1959 says: Mar 12, 2017 5:06 PM

    The Jests, where defensive players careers go to die

  17. dispozblcopy says: Mar 12, 2017 5:06 PM

    So, first of all, if I see DH in a Jests uniform 2x/yr., I’m going to need new underwear.

    Second, this does appear to be a phantom bidding war to drive the price up for the Pats — or possibly snatch up a quality defender for a bargain price — a no-lose proposition for NYJ to express and interest.

    I am undecided and unclear about paying big money over a long term for a guy who, even at the age of 26, has been really dinged up. He plays like Bobby Orr and Raffy Nadal — he plays so hard, his career is going to shorten.

    And he is a role defender, coverage is not his thing, so he really does need the right scheme to flourish.

    So we’ll see, but BB is not about the past. His “loyalty” is putting together the best shot at #6, and if that means finally that Jimmy goes for Myles, then so be it.

  18. dsigrey says: Mar 12, 2017 5:11 PM

    With no cap room… good luck with that. Sounds like they’re more intetested in trying to make the Pats pay more.

  19. questionableopinion says: Mar 12, 2017 5:11 PM

    The Jets are a great organization to take advantage of and make a lot of money. Cha-ching.

  20. belichickdominatedjoemontana says: Mar 12, 2017 5:15 PM

    When will players realize that you need BB more to be successful, than BB needs you.

    If Malcolm and Fonta want a couple extra million…go chase it.

    They won 3 Super Bowls with out these guys and they will win more withOUT them.

    Malcolm, ;don’t forget you were working at Popeyes in 2014 and not one other team had any interest in you.

  21. campcouch says: Mar 12, 2017 5:17 PM

    If signing a high dollar guy doesn’t tip the scales for your team, you’re just wasting resources. The Jets are not a Hightower away from challenging in their division.

  22. coovara says: Mar 12, 2017 5:17 PM

    Donta can’t be that stupid…

  23. imodan says: Mar 12, 2017 5:22 PM

    Girl pleeze! An old duffer like me can see the agents hands all over this. Between the agent and the Jets thinking they can make BB overspend I don’t know who’s more delusional. No one outplays the master!

  24. bradygirl12 says: Mar 12, 2017 5:23 PM

    Nooooooo…don’t do it, Dont’a! It’s just like Cleveland there-a dumpster fire!

  25. tylerncom says: Mar 12, 2017 5:24 PM

    What are my Lions waiting for……..smh

  26. footballmaven says: Mar 12, 2017 5:26 PM

    Forget abt trying to win a Super Bowl…all Jet mgmt seems interested in every year is trying to screw the Pats by either signing one of their players, or taking one of their coaches, or turning them into the league because of some infraction.

  27. amadorcountyca says: Mar 12, 2017 5:26 PM

    Donta won’t play for a AAA team. Jets are a true dumpster fire. Pats should pay him market value.

  28. exinsidetrader says: Mar 12, 2017 5:32 PM

    Remember Revis!

  29. navyvandal says: Mar 12, 2017 5:34 PM

    Another jets playoff less season brought to you in part by Johnson and Johnson…

    Just a smoke screen to drive up the price. But seriously, bring him back Bill!!!

  30. pastabelly says: Mar 12, 2017 5:36 PM

    One thing about the Patriots and the free agent period is that you never know. Stranger things have happened, but this would be extremely strange.

  31. walker1191 says: Mar 12, 2017 5:47 PM

    Could just be agent bluster or Jets posturing, but you aslo can’t rule out that the Jets need to bring in someone for way too much money to appease the fan base, then go 3-13 anyway.

  32. tigerlilac says: Mar 12, 2017 5:54 PM

    I wouldn’t play chicken with Belichick. Bill has never been afraid to see stars leave to go to a competitor.

  33. loudpackmatt says: Mar 12, 2017 6:05 PM

    here’s your chance to really get paid danta but it’s not with either of these teams in this post it’s with the browns and playing with jamie again..you hear that browns? here’s your chance patriots got all these crazy moves they just made to figure out here’s the chance to put a offer on the table we still got over 50 mil cap space

  34. ibillwt says: Mar 12, 2017 6:07 PM

    I resign as HC of NYJ.

    Farcells and Jets tried to screw him and they can both be tortured by it forever.

  35. tigerlilac says: Mar 12, 2017 6:11 PM

    I wouldn’t play chicken with Belichick. Bill has never been afraid to see stars leave to go to a competitor. Heck, he traded Bledsoe to Buffalo.

    Pat Dye Jr and his organization are known to move players. They have also had a lot of free agent misses of late.

    I expect Bill has made an offer he can live with either way. It is like a marriage. If someone wants to leave you move on graciously.

  36. bencoates57 says: Mar 12, 2017 6:19 PM

    Two can play at this,game. Maybe the Patriots should look at the Jets roster and consider stealing … Uh … consider … wait I’ll get back to you on this

  37. bostonsportsrock1963 says: Mar 12, 2017 6:23 PM

    Simple really Dont’a,
    $$+ winning= rings > $$$ and losing = a long horrible season
    Please choose wisely !

  38. ricko1112 says: Mar 12, 2017 6:47 PM

    No self respecting player would ever sign with the Jets…

  39. intrafinesse says: Mar 12, 2017 6:48 PM

    Donta has 2 rings, now its time to get paid.
    He could be out of the NFL in 5 years.
    NFL players have such short careers.

  40. patfanken says: Mar 12, 2017 6:52 PM

    This looks like another example of the agent/media conspiracy. I’d bet that more than 65% of the media’s so called “sources” are from their mutually beneficial relationships with the media….and most of the rest come from the 345 Park Ave propaganda machine.

    This makes no sense for Hightower, and even LESS sense to the Jets. A team that is under going a total rebuild with limited cap space and massive needs does NOT pay top dollar for an ILB, especially when they are likely to have a new coaching staff and FO within a year or two

  41. patriotsdefense says: Mar 12, 2017 6:53 PM

    Dont’a Hightower loves football. The Jets are barely a football team.

  42. thecape15 says: Mar 12, 2017 7:06 PM

    Dont’a Hightower loves football. The Jets are barely a football team.
    _________///////___________

    I wish I could give this multiple thumbs up.

  43. kap1123 says: Mar 12, 2017 7:08 PM

    The Jets? Really? I’d believe this story if it was any other team.

  44. daddeeo says: Mar 12, 2017 7:23 PM

    If you go to the Jets know that all of NE would go from loving you to hating you…

  45. superpatsfan5 says: Mar 12, 2017 7:31 PM

    Hope he stays. But if h leaves pats will crucify him in the pass game.

  46. kap1123 says: Mar 12, 2017 7:36 PM

    It’s like going from the major league to the minor league!!

  47. williamannand says: Mar 12, 2017 7:44 PM

    Cimini says that “nothing beats a Jets-Patriots encounter at the bargaining table.” That’s sad, but probably true from a JETS perspective. They can throw money around indiscriminately with the best of them.. But chances are, if they sign Hightower, they won’t know what to do with him.

  48. somehomer says: Mar 12, 2017 7:50 PM

    at least he wouldn’t compete with the patriots

  49. elrock7 says: Mar 12, 2017 7:58 PM

    Some of you pats fans are just arrogant meatheads. Also just plain dumb if you think even Cleveland is stupid enough to give up the #1 for an unproven, 3rd rd. pick! Hilarious.

  50. rootpain says: Mar 12, 2017 8:29 PM

    If Hightower signs with NE, he gets additional rings, reasonable football compensation, greater endorsement opportunities and a much higher likelihood of working for more than 2 years into the contract and the potential for an additional contract afterwards.
    If he goes to the Jets, he plays for a losing team, get a higher guarantee, made to look like a fool every time he plays the Patriots as they send multiple receivers his way, reputation gets diminished and gets released within two years ala Revis.
    If it’s between the Jets and the Patriots, it’s a no brainer. If he still chooses the Jets, it just shows he’s not as sharp as many people think.

  51. audio2sell says: Mar 12, 2017 8:31 PM

    Pats already have a number in mind that they won’t cross.

    If the Jets play a game of chicken and exceed that number, the Pats will just walk away. The Jets really can’t afford that mistake.

    Will they butt fumble this too?

  52. townie45 says: Mar 12, 2017 9:00 PM

    I guess he wants the month of January off.

  53. steelercrazy says: Mar 12, 2017 9:30 PM

    The Cheaptriots disrespected the heard and soul of their linebacker corps by letting him hit FA when they had plenty of cap space to tag him, no way Hightower takes the hometown discount now after being disrespected. Pats will now have to outbid the Jets.

  54. billymutt says: Mar 12, 2017 9:42 PM

    steelercrazy says:
    Mar 12, 2017 9:30 PM

    The Cheaptriots disrespected the heard and soul of their linebacker corps by letting him hit FA when they had plenty of cap space to tag him, no way Hightower takes the hometown discount now after being disrespected. Pats will now have to outbid the Jets.
    ———–

    You lost me at “Cheaptriots” and “heard and soul”.

  55. proudchowdahead13 says: Mar 12, 2017 9:42 PM

    Jets have cut a lot of veteran players, Mangold, Revis etal, freeing up cash. We shall see!

  56. kissbillsrings says: Mar 12, 2017 10:11 PM

    proudchowdahead13 says:
    Mar 12, 2017 9:42 PM
    Jets have cut a lot of veteran players, Mangold, Revis etal, freeing up cash. We shall see!
    __________________________
    That’s a good start on the cuts…..after you make an additional 10-15 & get a QB we should chat again!!!
    Dream on!!!

  57. chunga85 says: Mar 12, 2017 10:13 PM

    The J-E-T-S don’t even have a QB and are over the salary cap.

  58. j0esixpack says: Mar 12, 2017 10:22 PM

    The Jets would offer him the farm just to try to screw with Belichick

    They’re OBSESSED with Belichick and the Patriots going back to when he resigned as HC of the NJY after 30 seconds on the job…

    Things like duping the Jets into using a top 10 pick on Vernon Gholston is also one of many things they resent about Belichick

  59. j0esixpack says: Mar 12, 2017 10:23 PM

    They’re OBSESSED with Belichick and the Patriots going back to when he resigned as HC of the NJY after 30 seconds on the job…

    Things like duping the Jets into using a top 10 pick on Vernon Gholston is also one of many things they resent about Belichick

  60. steelercrazy says: Mar 12, 2017 10:28 PM

    Jets are 24 million under the cap, plenty of cap space.

  61. bencoates57 says: Mar 12, 2017 10:49 PM

    Steelercrazy you idjut, players feel disrespected when the tag is forced on them.

  62. bencoates57 says: Mar 12, 2017 10:56 PM

    There have been numerous articles written this weekend about how Belichick even after winning the SB is continuing to distance his team from the Jets. The Jets are embarrassed and they realized that Belichick took a risk to have such a successful free agency (bolstring positions that happen to be positions of need for the Jets) — and that is by delaying resigning two of their own guys (Butler and Hightower). So the Jets, in their infinite jealousy and hate, decided to go after one of them.

  63. julyeast says: Mar 12, 2017 10:59 PM

    this just in: Players will go where they get the most $

  64. youknowiknowitall says: Mar 12, 2017 11:07 PM

    steelercrazy says:
    Mar 12, 2017 9:30 PM

    The Cheaptriots disrespected the heard and soul of their linebacker corps by letting him hit FA when they had plenty of cap space to tag him
    ————–
    Comments like this are why EVERYBODY thinks PIT fans are morons. If you knew anything at all about how FA works, you would know that NE/BB respectfully opted to give him FA rather than disrespectfully franchise tagging him and blocking him from it. Duh!!!!!!! You should consider changing your name to steelerstupid.

  65. woodsholebarnacle says: Mar 12, 2017 11:48 PM

    Why would Hightower go to a team that is so dysfunctional and the literal definition of “Loser?”

  66. firecracker87 says: Mar 12, 2017 11:56 PM

    Here’s the problem. You can use a fishing pole but if you don’t know how to fish it’s pointless. Now, give that pole to a true professional fisherman and you’ll be amazed at the amount of good fish caught.

    Most coaches are like the first guy who barely knows what a fishing pole is. Bill Belichick is the true professional fisherman. Hightower is the pole.

    The point is if the Jets pick up Hightower don’t expect the same level of play that he had with the Pats.

  67. julyeast says: Mar 13, 2017 12:27 AM

    question: if he is offered $32MM for 4 years with $16 guaranteed by the J E T S does NE match it?

    OTC shows the JETS having $24.3 mil in cap space but that is without the Ijalana and Catanzaro contracts.

    They can easily afford the younger DH because they will release the older DH and save $6.5 mil

  68. ladyjet says: Mar 13, 2017 12:45 AM

    Donta knows that Todd Bowles will respect him, not try to lowball him like the player abusive Pats.
    Right on, Donta!

  69. dudeicle says: Mar 13, 2017 2:11 AM

    Dont’A!! Your endorsement deals are far better when you’re #winning! Don’t lose sight of that!

  70. sparxx2157 says: Mar 13, 2017 5:56 AM

    Dont cry now pat fans…you gotta pay to play with the big boys..

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