Dont’a Hightower visiting Jets

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Sunday brought word of the Jets’ interest in free agent linebacker Dont’a Hightower and they are making their case to him in person.

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported on Sunday night that Hightower is visiting with the Jets and that their meeting is expected to conclude after more time together on Monday. It’s the first visit that Hightower, the highest-ranked player still unattached to a team on PFT’s Hot 100 list of free agents, has taken since free agency opened last week.

While Hightower is talking to the Jets, LaCanfora adds the “strong perception” around the league is that the linebacker will return to the Patriots on a deal that will pay him around $10 million a season.

That deal hasn’t come to fruition at this point, which leaves the door open for someone to knock Hightower’s socks off with another offer. If the Jets do that, it shouldn’t be long before we hear word of it as Hightower’s time on the open market would likely be coming to an end.

50 responses to “Dont’a Hightower visiting Jets

  1. I really hope the Patriots can get him under contract sooner than later. Hightower is the leader of that defense and has come into his own as a late blitzing linebacker. Perhaps hearing the Jets’ interest in him will be enough to get the Pats’ front office to make that final push.

  2. The Jets main selling point will be that Hightower won’t have to work as hard or study as hard.

    Revis was shocked how hard the Patriots work and didn’t care for it.

  3. The Patriots will be happy to see the Jets self-immolate in another one of their genius Revis-style deals.

  4. .
    The Jets offseason moves look like they were designed to drive fans away. They’re on the hook to try something. Knowing that the Patriots number is approximately 10 million, I’d expect they would offer 14 million which is the same amount newcomer Stephon Gilmore received. The Patriots won’t match and probably won’t go past 11. Thus, leaving Hightower with a decision to make. Keep in mind that he’s never had a season, either college (Alabama) or pro where he wasn’t in the championship hunt.
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  5. This will be like Brick asking Ron what love is.

    “You really want to know what a Super Bowl is?”
    “More than anything in the world, Dont’a.”

  6. Can anyone explain why the Jets are interested in a top of the market middle linebacker free-agent when they have David Harris on their team and are in the middle of a Complete roster purge? to stick it to the patriots… That’s what I thought. Same old Jets! Enjoy 2-14!!!

  7. wte1 says:
    Mar 13, 2017 7:35 AM
    The Jets main selling point will be that Hightower won’t have to work as hard or study as hard.

    Revis was shocked how hard the Patriots work and didn’t care for it.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Long time Dolt, Reggie Wayne was also shocked and dismayed by the Pats work ethic. Not sure if that says more about the Pats or more about the Dolts.
    Either way, Indy’s best receiver wasn’t Patriot material.
    That says it all.

  8. Shirley,

    The Jets can’t be serious?

    They must be trying to drive up the price the Pats eventually sign him for.

    Or they’re even more stupid now than when they signed Revis.

  9. Such a Jets move.

    Overpay for a Linebacker for a team that’s destined to lose 11-12 games, instead of saving the cap room for when you are ready to compete.

  10. I guess for now we’re going to have to hope that the “strong perception” around the league is right. Losing Hightower would really hurt the Patriots. Him and Butler were the 2 keys going into the winter that you want to sign. Now it looks like Butler is gone for sure once he signs his tender, and if the Jets throw and extra 10 million guaranteed at Hightower or so, who is he to say no?

    I’m a little less giddy about all of these other moves if that happens.

  11. >>tylawspick6 says:
    Mar 13, 2017 8:52 AM
    I am shocked he would even waste the time. Why on earth would you go from the class of the league to the laughingstock?
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    He’s 26, and NFL players have very short careers. He could be retired in 5-6 years. He better get paid now, while he has the chance. And he has 2 rings, now he needs to take care of his future.

  12. It can be fun to slum around at times just to remind yourself of how good you have it at home. He probably went down there just to see how the other half lives before returning to the Promised Land.

  13. If the Jets broke the bank to steal him from the Patriots they would be hurting themselves more than the Patriots. The Jets are not ‘a player away’ from anything. They do not need high priced veterans to put them over the top. They need to use their resources to stock up on young talent and build a team that can contend. Then they can shop for that guy that puts them over the top.

    It would hurt the Pats, losing a player like that would hurt anyone. But BB has ridden these before. He pulled off adfition by subtraction with both Jones and Collins so the pattern has been seen.

    As far as seeing HT twice a year, one good player on an otherwise bad team is easy to scheme around. The Pats will several times next year will be facing bad teams that spent too much of their cap on one legitimate beast of a player who is everything they paid him to be as an individual contributor.

  14. He’s 26, and NFL players have very short careers. He could be retired in 5-6 years. He better get paid now, while he has the chance. And he has 2 rings, now he needs to take care of his future.

    Paid for what? To commit and sacrifice his body for 4-12 seasons on the horizon for the next 2-3 years in NY?

    The guy wants to leave a dynasty he’s helped form to arguably the worst franchise in the league?

    Even for more money that doesn’t make sense. Get your agent to whip up some endorsement contracts in New England, and call it good.

    To be playing for something, in a conf title game every year, and to go from that, to a disgusting circus?

    You’d have to be insane.

  15. Hightower made two great plays to help win two super bowls. He’s free to make a career decision. Good luck to him personally either way.

    I expect Bill would love to have him back but has a back up plan if Hightower choses to move on to another team. That’s why they call it “free” agency.

    I will say that an agent might want to consider the complete impact on a player and his family. With the exception of Vinatieri and Talib, star players leaving the Pats in the Belichick era have seen salary gains but not much else (e.g., playoff success, HOF consideration, media opportunities).

  16. wte1 says:
    Mar 13, 2017 7:35 AM

    Revis was shocked how hard the Patriots work and didn’t care for it.

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    My understanding was that he loved it and even contributed to it. Revis has always been a notorious hard worker irs why he got so good. He relished in the Patriots work ethic and loved having it put a ring on his finger to get that box checked. That made him that much more free to go pursue the thing he likes more than hard work which is getting paid big for it.

  17. There are much better ways of expanding your lifetime earnings than playing for the Jets. Who is going to want to pay Revis as a spokesperson after the dump of an ending he had in his career? Hightower has the opportunity to avoid that type of embarrassment by staying with the Patriots, winning an additional couple of SB rings and eventually going out on top.
    I hope he makes the right decision.

  18. Can anyone explain why the Jets are interested in a top of the market middle linebacker free-agent when they have David Harris on their team and are in the middle of a Complete roster purge? to stick it to the patriots… That’s what I thought. Same old Jets! Enjoy 2-14!!!

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    I think they would then cut Harris if they signed Hightower.

    Then again, the Jets probably think it’s a good idea to put 20 million to 2 LBs in one season under the cap, as they rebuild.

    LMAO

    Can’t be made up. Can’t.

    If the Jets did something somewhat smart and did end up signing Hightower at a bloated price, which would be yet ANOTHER bloated contract they’d be carrying as they rebuild for the next few years, and cut Harris, BB would then sign Harris.

    Harris is due a bloated 7 million at age 33 in 2017.

  19. Patriots should pay up and stop being cheap. They already disrespected Hightower by not tagging him when they had plenty of cap space and now will likely lose him. He was the heart and soul of their linebacker corps. Seems the Patriots expect most of their players to play for cheap because they’re supposed to just love Belichick and happily take a huge discount in salary. Guess what, before the end of your contract Belichick is going to pat you on the back for your services and kick your ass out the door all in the same motion. Hightower, you owe him and the Pats nothing. Would love having him on my team just not a huge need for us.

  20. I love how people just run with a narrative until it becomes fact.
    Pretty much everyone was saying prior to last season that the Jets had a top 5 roster based on talent. That was a clueless assertion — there was waaaay more risk to their roster last year than the prior season when they went 10-6.

    Now the narrative is that the Jets will suck next year.
    This won’t be the case. The issue with the Jets last year is they had too much of an age imbalance on the team and certain veterans weren’t pulling their weight.

    Now they’ve cleared the dead wood. Assuming they get a reasonable option at QB the Jets will be far better than anyone expects. I will be betting the over wins in Vegas, will be easy $.

  21. Its not very often I agree with a Steelers fan but Steelercrazy has it just about right. I wonder how many of us would take a reduced salary in any job, not many is the answer and just because he earns millions the same rule still applies.

    As a fan I love what the Patriots have done and achieved but I always feel uncomfortable when we do this to a loyal and quality player, it just does not seem right!

  22. No self respecting player would sign with the Jets…

    I don’t know…it seemed to work out well for Curtis Martin. Thanks for the HOFer, btw.

  23. If you follow events and conditions deeper than basic sports reporting then you know that Jones and Collins had certain problems, whether they were personal …or outrageous financial demands and Belichick is tuned in to the effect that such things have on the cohesiveness of the team. When you can get a team to play beyond the abilities of imaginary dream team constructs (think the Eagles a few years ago) as a ‘do your job’ team that manifests a serendipitous gestalt, you will win championships with what you have, even if ‘what seem to be critical parts’ are missing. LOOK at what they did to the Falcons with this very mindset. I expect the greatest season yet out of The Pats this year; even if they lose a game or two, they will dominate in all the rest. They definitely have ♫that magic touch♫

  24. The Patriots are waiting to see how much the Jets offer him then they’ll call him back to Foxboro and make their last push. Belichick is intentionally letting him test free agency just like he said he would.

  25. Pats don’t get him for 10 mill a year. If Zeitler just got 13 mill a year, Hightower gets similar money elsewhere.

  26. steelercrazy says:
    Mar 13, 2017 9:41 AM
    Patriots should pay up and stop being cheap. They already disrespected Hightower by not tagging him when they had plenty of cap space and now will likely lose him. He was the heart and soul of their linebacker corps. Seems the Patriots expect most of their players to play for cheap because they’re supposed to just love Belichick and happily take a huge discount in salary. Guess what, before the end of your contract Belichick is going to pat you on the back for your services and kick your ass out the door all in the same motion. Hightower, you owe him and the Pats nothing. Would love having him on my team just not a huge need for us.

    Try as I might, I can find no more clear explanation of the difference between NE & Pittsburg and the record between them over the last 15 years than the sentiment stated above.

    As far as a huge need for Pittsburg, your D was impotent against a gronkless NE in the AFCCG. I see a clear need for better defenders, the legend of James Harrison notwithstanding.

  27. steelercrazy says:
    Mar 13, 2017 9:41 AM
    Patriots should pay up and stop being cheap. They already disrespected Hightower by not tagging him…
    Guess what, before the end of your contract Belichick is going to pat you on the back for your services and kick your ass out the door all in the same motion….
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    If you are a real Steelers fan then you are embarrassing the Steelers fan base by believing not tagging a player is a sign of disrespect.

    OTOH, if he does sign with the Pats there is actually a chance that before the end of his contract he will be released by the Pats. Good organizations at times will make those economic decisions regarding even beloved veterans, as the Steelers essentially did recently by not trying to retain Lawrence Timmons, and have done in the past by letting go of veteran LBs such as LaMarr Woodley and even James Harrison.

    Of course, if you are not a Steelers fan then you have heard of none of those players.

  28. It’s all about money, folks. These players have making money as their #1 priority. Winning is secondary to making money.
    Dont’a can take a boatload of money from the Jets and then take plays off during the games if he wants. The Jets wouldn’t even notice because they do not have anyone in their whole organization who knows anything about football.

  29. Patriots should pay up and stop being cheap. They already disrespected Hightower by not tagging him when they had plenty of cap space and now will likely lose him. He was the heart and soul of their linebacker corps. Seems the Patriots expect most of their players to play for cheap because they’re supposed to just love Belichick and happily take a huge discount in salary. Guess what, before the end of your contract Belichick is going to pat you on the back for your services and kick your ass out the door all in the same motion. Hightower, you owe him and the Pats nothing. Would love having him on my team just not a huge need for us.
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    Actually the opposite. They respected his wishes not to be franchised. This allowed him to not only seek a salary higher than the tag would have provided but also a signing bonus and guaranteed money. Couldn’t be that they told him top make his best deal elsewhere and then give the Pats a chance to match? That’s respect. You guys continue to call them cheap and they continue to win, how can you argue with the model? Too many teams are hamstrung by big contracts that don’t return the value. Call it cheap, I call it smart. Sometimes they’re going to swing and miss on these but they run a business the way a business should be run.

  30. steelercrazy says:
    Mar 13, 2017 9:41 AM

    Patriots should pay up and stop being cheap. They already disrespected Hightower by not tagging him when they had plenty of cap space and now will likely lose him.

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    There is a difference between being cheap and paying players higher than their fair market value.

    The way the Patriots are handling this is the opposite of disrespect. They are willing to pay fair market value to him but they are allowing him to first make sure some team wont overpay him. If someone wants to offer stupid money thats on them, and HT can weigh grabbing that against how his football existence will be with that team. The Patriots are leaving it in his hands to decide whats best for himself and wish him the best regardless of choices made. Thats respect.

  31. bradygirl12 says:
    Mar 13, 2017 10:56 AM
    I’d rather get to the post season every year and take a little less than to play for that dumpster fire in Jersey.

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    If its just a little less then he might feel the same. But if the jets decide to throw several million more on the table he has to give that some thought.

  32. A lot of these teams are more about not letting the Pats get him than just needing his services themselves. They gave to decide whats worth it. You can bet that posdibly Denver and definately Pittsburg is watching this intently and if it looks like another team wont to the deed for them they might step up themselves even if its not financially prudent. They will see weakening the Patriots as key to their own success so paying extra fir that might be in their cards.

  33. Well said there More Cowbell. You have been making some great observations lately. Good job…..

  34. More Cowbell says:
    Mar 13, 2017 11:12 AM

    bradygirl12 says:
    Mar 13, 2017 10:56 AM
    I’d rather get to the post season every year and take a little less than to play for that dumpster fire in Jersey.

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    If its just a little less then he might feel the same. But if the jets decide to throw several million more on the table he has to give that some thought.
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    Agree with you, but the thought of Hightower strip-sacking Brady while wearing a Jets or Steelers uniform kind of makes me sick to my stomach.

  35. “It’s come as a bit of a shock to see the Jets doing this within the rules!”

    You write your own material?

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