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Dont’a Hightower set for Steelers visit

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Linebacker Dont’a Hightower is wrapping up a meeting with the Jets and he’s scheduled to move on to visit with the team the Patriots beat in the AFC Championship Game earlier this year.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Hightower is scheduled to visit the Steelers. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports he also spent time with the Titans and adds that they and the Jets believe Hightower will wind up re-signing with the Patriots, something that has been the case in other reports in recent days as well.

The Steelers lost Lawrence Timmons to the Dolphins in free agency, which would open a spot for Hightower to fill on their defense.

If nothing materializes with Pittsburgh, it will serve to fuel the perception that Hightower will ultimately wind up back where he has spent the first five years of his career.

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  1. bettis3636 says: Mar 13, 2017 11:19 AM

    I remember when draft day came and EVERYONE thought he was gonna be a Steeler… hmmm wonder how bad he wants to stick it to the Pats….

  2. tylawspick6 says: Mar 13, 2017 11:23 AM

    Pitt can’t compete money-wise, so this seems like another pointless “visit”.

    It almost appears like he’s trying to create the perception that he is in demand.

    BB has positioned this nicely, using all the teams with 20+ mil year QBs, or top heavy roster$, against themselves in terms of doing the best he can to maximize who he can keep under the cap, after all his incredible drafting since the rookie cap kicked in, entering 2011.

    Brilliant work by BB.

    Absolutely brilliant.

  3. maust1013 says: Mar 13, 2017 11:25 AM

    I like Hightower visiting NY and Pittsburgh. Bowles is a good defensive coach but the organization is a clown show. Tomlin is a weak coach for a great organization. Visiting those teams ought to be more than enough to give Hightower a whole new level of appreciation for NE and Belichick.

  4. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Mar 13, 2017 11:25 AM

    I can’t picture him in those prison uniforms the Steelers wear, I just can’t. Come back to New England Hightower.

  5. gbpackfan3 says: Mar 13, 2017 11:25 AM

    Major upgrade over Timmons…Hightower, Shazier n Dupree would be an elite LB core. But he’ll resign in NE…they’re just waiting to match whatever the nicest offer he receives.

  6. nhpats says: Mar 13, 2017 11:25 AM

    Can you imagine the let down of going from playing for BB to taking direction from Mike Tomlin?

  7. piratefreedom says: Mar 13, 2017 11:26 AM

    Damn, I hope the Steelers don’t get him, he would be a really good fit there

  8. letsthinkthroughthistogether says: Mar 13, 2017 11:26 AM

    Pay the man.

  9. questionableopinion says: Mar 13, 2017 11:26 AM

    He would make a good Steeler.

  10. factschecker says: Mar 13, 2017 11:26 AM

    Getting a consensuses of his worth/value. Teams hate doing this sort of work knowing they are just helping set the market for a rival.

  11. ibillwt says: Mar 13, 2017 11:27 AM

    Only Belichick has the record to hold to an economic model with fan favorites like Hightower or Butler. Hate the thought of losing them but IBWT!

  12. 6ball says: Mar 13, 2017 11:27 AM

    .
    It’s for the benefit of the Pittsburgh fans and media. It gives the impression that the Steelers are a-wheeling and a-dealing. They probably should have taken Hightower in the draft, but opted for David Decastro. He is a good player but LB is a more important position. You can usually find an adequate G in a pinch.
    .

  13. dietrich43 says: Mar 13, 2017 11:28 AM

    Steelers were linked to him coming into the 2012 Draft (and if DeCastro wasn’t available, may have been their selection). I don’t know that Pittsburgh needs to get a star ILB (Vince Williams has been capable), but I’d be happy if they sign Hightower.

  14. valentino8100 says: Mar 13, 2017 11:29 AM

    He’s wearing a wire. 🙂

  15. wte1 says: Mar 13, 2017 11:32 AM

    Hightower better be careful. When the meeting is over and Hightower is leaving Mike Tomlin will likely try to trip him so he stays longer.

  16. kenberthiaume says: Mar 13, 2017 11:32 AM

    Probably goes to Pitt. NE should get Zach Brown from the Buffaloes.

  17. patriotslove12 says: Mar 13, 2017 11:32 AM

    I’m concerned bill will pull the offer in the next day or two if he continues this tour of the pats enemies/making him wait…

  18. sidepull says: Mar 13, 2017 11:33 AM

    Dont do it DH.

  19. steelercrazy says: Mar 13, 2017 11:33 AM

    Steelers did away with the prison uniforms.

  20. harrisonhits2 says: Mar 13, 2017 11:34 AM

    Steelers doing what the Jets are, driving up the price for the Pats.

    He’ll still end up back in New England.

  21. dansardo says: Mar 13, 2017 11:35 AM

    Pats fans need to relax and the trolls need to start losing their minds over this.

    Hightower isn’t playing for a team like the jets and the steelers certainly can’t afford him. Everyone knows there is only one team he is going to end up playing for next year and its the same team he has been playing for since he got into the nfl.

  22. steelerben says: Mar 13, 2017 11:36 AM

    Hightower would be a great replacement for Timmons in the middle, but the chances that Pittsburgh pays market value for a free agent are low.

  23. torgow says: Mar 13, 2017 11:38 AM

    Weak against the pass. The Pats would continue to shred them – stay in NE Dont’a!

  24. psousa1 says: Mar 13, 2017 11:40 AM

    He’s gone.

  25. lgw91s says: Mar 13, 2017 11:42 AM

    If Belichick isn’t really fighting to get Hightower back….. well, ……..I’d probably want to do an exhaustive medical examination on his shoulder and knee.

  26. radrntn says: Mar 13, 2017 11:43 AM

    of course if he passes on the steelers , it must mean that he is going to re-sign with New England.

    To the contrary I am sure he is trying to see if anybody else is willing to pay him what he wants, if not he will resign with New England because nobody is giving him what he wanted. This off-season it’s terrible to be anything but an o-lineman.

  27. Stiller43 says: Mar 13, 2017 11:50 AM

    tylawspick6 says:
    Mar 13, 2017 11:23 AM
    Pitt can’t compete money-wise, so this seems like another pointless “visit”.
    ________________

    They actually DO have the cap space to compete.

    Will they? No. But they certainly can.

  28. tylawspick6 says: Mar 13, 2017 11:51 AM

    Probably goes to Pitt. NE should get Zach Brown from the Buffaloes.

    Don’t think for a second that is not part of BB’s leverage here.

    Brown is easily on Hightower’s level and may be seen similarly to Gilmore.

  29. tylawspick6 says: Mar 13, 2017 11:54 AM

    Steelers doing what the Jets are, driving up the price for the Pats.

    He’ll still end up back in New England.

    ————

    Right, but they’re wasting their time driving price. BB knows those teams can’t afford/can’t compete, so whatever number they come up with, it will sink them further into cap hell if BB calls the bluff.

    Regardless, the Pats would win. They could also make a play for Zach Brown at less money.

  30. tylawspick6 says: Mar 13, 2017 11:56 AM

    I’m concerned bill will pull the offer in the next day or two if he continues this tour of the pats enemies/making him wait…

    —-

    Maybe.

    $100 BB has a call into Zach Brown’s agent which is why Zach Brown has been quiet and hasn’t resigned with Buffalo.

  31. tb124president says: Mar 13, 2017 11:57 AM

    Become a legend in NE, DH..and become a HOA.

  32. More Cowbell says: Mar 13, 2017 12:00 PM

    The Steelers dont want to see him back with the Pats but its looking like the Titans and Jets wont do the deed for them. So now they need to look at doing it themselves. They really cant afford what they need to get him to jump (it has to be higher than what the Pats will match) but they need to weigh that against not just getting the player but also weakening their main opponent in the AFC. Its possible that the double bonus might entice them to stretch their finances, possibly even cut someone else they originally didnt plan to. Or at the least even just nudging up the amount of cap that the Pats spend is worth the effort. Im not thrilled with this news but I get it that the Steelers are making a smart play at least kicking the tires on this.

    Oh, and if they do offer so much it hurts them then that is something the Pats will consider as they consider whether to match.

  33. More Cowbell says: Mar 13, 2017 12:05 PM

    steelerben says:
    Mar 13, 2017 11:36 AM

    the chances that Pittsburgh pays market value for a free agent are low.

    ————————

    But thats just Pittsburg being smart on their side of things. And a related point, they are often the only legitimate challenge to the Pats.

  34. r8rsfan says: Mar 13, 2017 12:08 PM

    Bruce Irvin has openly campaigned for bringing Hightower to Oaktown. Don’t know if Reggie is listening though. FYI.

  35. rogoceo says: Mar 13, 2017 12:09 PM

    STEELERS! DO NOT LET HIM LEAVE WITHOUT A CONTRACT!!!!!!!!!!

    PAY THAT MAN HIS MONEY!!!!!!!

  36. rogoceo says: Mar 13, 2017 12:12 PM

    DO NOT LET HIM LEAVE WITHOUT A CONTRACT!!!

    PAY THAT MAN HIS MONEY!WELCOME TO PITTSBURGH!!!! AWESOME FIT!!!

  37. wib22 says: Mar 13, 2017 12:21 PM

    Rather play with trippy or the goat coach? C’mon.

  38. More Cowbell says: Mar 13, 2017 12:21 PM

    r8rsfan says:
    Mar 13, 2017 12:08 PM
    Bruce Irvin has openly campaigned for bringing Hightower to Oaktown. Don’t know if Reggie is listening though. FYI.

    —————–/

    Where is Oaktown these days?

  39. streetyson says: Mar 13, 2017 12:22 PM

    Hey Donta, dontu accept anything that looks like an M&M or an energy drink whilst there, nor get too close to their quacks – in fact, best off meeting away from the stadium because the HGH traces will be on every door handle at Heinz PED factory but the league’s testers will somehow be in Foxboro.

  40. geobh says: Mar 13, 2017 12:24 PM

    use the whitworth, zeitler and peko money just saved and bring him to the jungle.

  41. bradygirl12 says: Mar 13, 2017 12:26 PM

    piratefreedom says:
    Mar 13, 2017 11:26 AM

    Damn, I hope the Steelers don’t get him, he would be a really good fit there

    ______________________

    You’re right…a fit that could possibly come back to haunt The Pats in the post season. I wish he would come back here and sign already.

  42. truthinesshurts says: Mar 13, 2017 12:28 PM

    Were they prison stripes or bumble bees?

  43. crownofthehelmet says: Mar 13, 2017 12:30 PM

    Steelers don’t pay big $ for LBs or WRs, and always are solid in those areas. Why change the formula now?

  44. wib22 says: Mar 13, 2017 12:33 PM

    Were they prison stripes or bumble bees?

    ****

    Ben should probably be in a jail cell now.

  45. alltee says: Mar 13, 2017 12:37 PM

    loving all the steelers fans getting excited, steelers are 19 mill under the cap while pats are 34 mill under the cap

    the steelers arent in a position to offer him much more than ten million per year, a number i believe the pats will easily match

    the teams bringing in hightower for visits have only done the pats a favour as every team he has visited doesnt have much room under the cap and will reduce the amount that the contract gets done with the pats

    thanks for your help jets and steelers

  46. tylawspick6 says: Mar 13, 2017 12:38 PM

    You’re right…a fit that could possibly come back to haunt The Pats in the post season. I wish he would come back here and sign already.

    Unless Hightower is all of a sudden a great coverage LB in space, that doesn’t quite make sense.

    Brady will shred that D with his eyes closed.

  47. tylawspick6 says: Mar 13, 2017 12:39 PM

    loving all the steelers fans getting excited, steelers are 19 mill under the cap while pats are 34 mill under the cap

    the steelers arent in a position to offer him much more than ten million per year, a number i believe the pats will easily match

    the teams bringing in hightower for visits have only done the pats a favour as every team he has visited doesnt have much room under the cap and will reduce the amount that the contract gets done with the pats

    thanks for your help jets and steelers

    ———-

    My first post at the top says the exact same thing.

    BB is a genius.

  48. laukkanen5 says: Mar 13, 2017 12:50 PM

    tylawspick6, i could care less if we sign him , but now i want to just to see u eat crow for about the 1000x time on here…

    get a life

  49. superpatriotsfan says: Mar 13, 2017 1:07 PM

    Sent him to steal playbooks?

  50. halfcentaur says: Mar 13, 2017 1:22 PM

    I get the Pats whole “we don’t pay, next man up” routine, and it works better for them than anyone else…….but i feel like they will heavily regret it if they let Hightower walk, especially to a competitive rival. At some point, jettisoning every talented player whos contract comes up is gonna catch up with them.

    ……..isn’t it?

  51. loudpackmatt says: Mar 13, 2017 1:35 PM

    noon offer him a little bit more than steelers do cleveland

  52. whywerule says: Mar 13, 2017 1:40 PM


    halfcentaur says:
    Mar 13, 2017 1:22 PM
    ….. At some point, jettisoning every talented player whos contract comes up is gonna catch up with them.
    ————————————————————

    You mean like they jettisoned Brady, Gronk, Nate Solder, Edelman, Marcus Cannon, McCourty, Duron Harmon, Matthew Slater, Alan Branch?

    That is definitely not a complete list of current Patriots that the Pats have extended in the last few years, but you probably get the picture.

    The Pats make players millionaire’s all the time. But if players want to play somewhere else, Belichick would rather have them play somewhere else; Hightower’s decision in unknown at this time.

  53. mgolden62 says: Mar 13, 2017 2:29 PM

    would be nice but not a chance…still need to extend Tuitt and at some point next year Shazier. With no big dead money due to fall off in the next few years and still draft picks to sign this would basically be putting them in a tough spot for the foreseeable future. I still think they messed up not letting Brown play out his deal than maybe franchising him for one year. Than this would have been doable.

  54. proudchowdahead13 says: Mar 13, 2017 2:33 PM

    If Hightower signs with someone on the Patriots schedule, any weakness he has will be exposed. Especially on pass coverage!

  55. tylawspick6 says: Mar 13, 2017 3:07 PM

    Sent him to steal playbooks?

    Fairly certain the Pats don’t need the Steelers playbooks. They just shred them, predictably so, before the game even starts.

    We look forward to it again this year.

  56. rowech44 says: Mar 13, 2017 3:19 PM

    Tomlin’s sales pitch: And the best part Donta’…. is when you are injured, we don’t ever have to put you on the injury report because we have a wink-wink relationship with our boy Rog in NYC when it comes to stuff like that…

  57. maust1013 says: Mar 13, 2017 3:35 PM

    crownofthehelmet says:
    Mar 13, 2017 12:30 PM
    Steelers don’t pay big $ for LBs or WRs, and always are solid in those areas. Why change the formula now?
    =======================

    They don’t? AB’s 4 years @ $68M (and worth every dime) says that formula isn’t quite what you think it is.

  58. crownofthehelmet says: Mar 13, 2017 4:24 PM

    Maust, did you really need me to state the one exception for my point to be valid?

  59. steelcurtainn says: Mar 13, 2017 5:50 PM

    Don’t want him. He’d seem better off in cheaterland with the rest of the cheaters. Your not going to try and pick up a ring this year with the Steelers hightoker.

  60. Ralphie says: Mar 13, 2017 6:07 PM

    steelcurtainn says:

    Mar 13, 2017 5:50 PM
    Don’t want him. He’d seem better off in cheaterland with the rest of the cheaters. Your not going to try and pick up a ring this year with the Steelers hightoker.
    ________________________

    Belichchik’s already decided not to let the Steelers get a ring this year either. He owns them. They’re his play toy. The junior varsity.

  61. graylingskies says: Mar 13, 2017 7:17 PM

    17 mil/yr may be the dumbest non-QB contract ever awarded to such a dumb player and AB wasted no time in proving just how dumb it was. Donta would be foolish to pass on the Stealers (sp) without exploring his options there. As for BB’s genius, I credit his business acumen going back to his college economics major days. He may be a genius in dissecting plays and player’s tendencies but for such a smart guy he has stumbled in refusing to take advantage of modern data analysis tools. At least his front office team knows how to employ them, but maybe his biggest weakness is his inability to adapt to different player personalities, and we’ve certainly seen that before. Parcels was much better at the psychological aspects of player mgmt. Bill doesn’t even try. Running Collins out of town was a huge mistake, one he lucked out on bigtime when Hightower, Collins’ best friend, saved his bacon in SB LI, and now its like by not showing any favoritism toward DH he’s separating himself even further from the Collins debacle. Pride goeth before the fall, Bill. Sign him. The team needs him. The fans want him back.

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