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.

70 responses to “Report: Jets showing interest in Dont’a Hightower

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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!

  11. 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.

  12. 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!!!

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

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

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. 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.

  20. 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

  21. Dont’a Hightower loves football. The Jets are barely a football team.
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    I wish I could give this multiple thumbs up.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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?

  26. 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.

  27. 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.
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    You lost me at “Cheaptriots” and “heard and soul”.

  28. 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!!!

  29. 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

  30. 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

  31. 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.

  32. 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
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    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.

  33. 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.

  34. 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

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

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