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Dont’a Hightower expected to make his decision today

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Dont’a Hightower should set up a table in a high school gym with three hats, and call an assembly where he’ll dramatically pick one.

Actually, when he does it this time, he’ll be getting paid for real.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the free agent linebacker is expected to make his decision today after a quick tour.

He visited the Jets and the Steelers, but many still expect him to return home to the Patriots.

The Jets seem the most desperate to land him, and perhaps they’ll overpay. The Steelers are looking for help inside after losing Lawrence Timmons to Miami, and rarely make such a splurge in free agency anyway. The Patriots offer familiarity, and they didn’t trade him away before it was time for his payday so they clearly like him.

We’ll let you know which hat he picks.

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27 Responses to “Dont’a Hightower expected to make his decision today”
  1. neil0311 says: Mar 15, 2017 7:09 AM

    If the Steelers are so sure about their team and their offer, why would they make a used car dealer pitch? “If I go to my manager…and get you the best offer…will you buy today?” “Once you leave the offer is no good.” What kind of crap is that anyway?

  2. thegronk87 says: Mar 15, 2017 8:00 AM

    Decision D’onta 2017

  3. New England>Your Team says: Mar 15, 2017 8:36 AM

    He stays or goes. The reality? Bill Belichick is a LB producing MACHINE.

    Remember that guy LT? Bruschi? Spikes? Mayo? Collins? The list goes on and it will continue to, if need be……

  4. countingiseasy says: Mar 15, 2017 8:45 AM

    Depending on what “overpay” means, signing Hightower wouldn’t be as bad of a move for the Jets as many are suggesting. He is 6 years younger than Harris which falls in line with getting younger and they would most likely cut Harris which gives them $6.5M back. So it all depends how much more than that they are willing to eat to pay Hightower.

    Love The Hitman but he is past his prime and if Hightower stays healthy he plays faster and is less of a liability in coverage. Worst case if Hightower gets his $12M the net is only $5.5M off the cap.

    Then go out and trade Richardson’s $8M for Trumaine Johnson on a reasonable long term deal and the D gets upgraded without sacrificing a ton of cap space.

  5. goingthextramile says: Mar 15, 2017 8:50 AM

    He’ll take the Jets offer.

  6. More Cowbell says: Mar 15, 2017 8:52 AM

    I had wondered if the Raiders might were going to throw their hat in this ring. Defense is their chief need and they could upgrade while taking away from one of the teams that legitimately stands in their way. I’m a little surprised they weren’t at least looking at that.

  7. grogansheroes says: Mar 15, 2017 9:02 AM

    He’ll probably get paid less than he did at Alabama.

  8. handsofsteelheartofstone says: Mar 15, 2017 9:08 AM

    As a steelers fan, i wouldnt mind having him, but we really dont need him. Vince Williams is an absolute baller, and if hightower stays in new england, he’ll finally get his chance to prove it.

    either way, the steelers will have a better showing than they did last year.

    absolutely no chance he goes to the jets. if they offered him three times as much money than he’d make in new england he would still turn them down.

    Pittsburgh has a chance, but my gut tells me they didnt offer him what he was looking for, and for the exact reason i mentioned above, Vince Williams is more than capable

  9. fjw2 says: Mar 15, 2017 9:16 AM

    Easy call for Dont’a. If all three are offering similar money, just stay with the team that he has been so successful with already.

    There is a big financial benefit to retiring as a franchise player, even for non-HOF level players. You can turn that name recognition into a tidy retirement program.

  10. handsofsteelheartofstone says: Mar 15, 2017 9:34 AM

    New England>Your Team says:
    Mar 15, 2017 8:36 AM

    He stays or goes. The reality? Bill Belichick is a LB producing MACHINE.

    Remember that guy LT? Bruschi? Spikes? Mayo? Collins? The list goes on and it will continue to, if need be……
    ===================================

    umm, you named two good linebackers, and belicheat had little to do with LT, (it was the blow)

    so just hold your horses

  11. bubbybrister/shovelpass says: Mar 15, 2017 9:40 AM

    I am no longer” the MLB of the NEP…”

  12. davedsone says: Mar 15, 2017 9:58 AM

    I’m pretty sure the Patriots said “go find your best offer and we will match it”. So he did. Probably more than the Patriots were going to pay, but they will pay it and he will stay. 2 rings and a high probability of a third at least.

  13. More Cowbell says: Mar 15, 2017 9:59 AM

    handsofsteelheartofstone says:
    Mar 15, 2017 9:34 AM
    New England>Your Team says:
    Mar 15, 2017 8:36 AM

    He stays or goes. The reality? Bill Belichick is a LB producing MACHINE.

    Remember that guy LT? Bruschi? Spikes? Mayo? Collins? The list goes on and it will continue to, if need be……
    ===================================

    umm, you named two good linebackers, and belicheat had little to do with LT, (it was the blow)

    so just hold your horses

    ———————-

    I actually counted 5. And whoever that Belicheat guy is (Steelers medical staff?) Ill take your word for it he wasnt a factor. Bill Belichick WAS a factor in the development of all 5 (five count them five) terrific NFL linebackers listed above.

    Let go of your horses.

  14. mmmpierogi says: Mar 15, 2017 10:00 AM

    neil0311 says:
    Mar 15, 2017 7:09 AM
    If the Steelers are so sure about their team and their offer, why would they make a used car dealer pitch? “If I go to my manager…and get you the best offer…will you buy today?” “Once you leave the offer is no good.” What kind of crap is that anyway?

    ******************************************************************************

    It’s not complicated.

    (1) The Steelers are never going to pay big money in this situation, given their needs elsewhere, upcoming cap situation, and general philosophy toward paying free agent signings. The Jets might overpay for a guy like Hightower. The Steelers won’t.

    (2) The Steelers suspected that Hightower may have only been shopping on other offers to use as contract negotiation leverage against the Pats. “Once you leave, the offer is gone” was their way of saying they weren’t going to play leverage games.

  15. takeyourpunishmentandquitwhininglikeababy says: Mar 15, 2017 10:13 AM

    Unless he wants to lose all season, Dont’a pick Pittsburgh. They’re going down the tubes.

  16. steelcurtainn says: Mar 15, 2017 10:24 AM

    Don’t want him. Steelers can win the sb without him and breaking the bank.

  17. noknoknokpenny says: Mar 15, 2017 10:25 AM

    It’s curious that none of the three are warm weather/dome teams.

    I thought that was what he wanted.

  18. steelcurtainn says: Mar 15, 2017 10:26 AM

    Don’t want him Steelers can win the sb without him and breaking the bank.

  19. More Cowbell says: Mar 15, 2017 10:37 AM

    mmmpierogi says:
    Mar 15, 2017 10:00 AM
    neil0311 says:
    Mar 15, 2017 7:09 AM
    If the Steelers are so sure about their team and their offer, why would they make a used car dealer pitch? “If I go to my manager…and get you the best offer…will you buy today?” “Once you leave the offer is no good.” What kind of crap is that anyway?

    ******************************************************************************

    It’s not complicated.

    (1) The Steelers are never going to pay big money in this situation, given their needs elsewhere, upcoming cap situation, and general philosophy toward paying free agent signings. The Jets might overpay for a guy like Hightower. The Steelers won’t.

    (2) The Steelers suspected that Hightower may have only been shopping on other offers to use as contract negotiation leverage against the Pats. “Once you leave, the offer is gone” was their way of saying they weren’t going to play leverage games.

    ———————

    I agree.

    Even though I am rooting for the Pats here I have no problems with how Pittsburgh is playing this i think they are being smart.

    We should never hold it against our opponents for trying to get the better of us in anything. Its what they are supposed to be doing. They are opponents.

  20. tylawspick6 says: Mar 15, 2017 10:39 AM

    love the jealousy and revisionst historians claiming
    bb is not the greatest defensive mind and teacher/coach ever

    get over it, people

  21. daddeeo says: Mar 15, 2017 10:39 AM

    Tweible towels in the SB this year is not going to happen. That one [Steelers can win the sb without him ] made me laugh.

    I hope he stays but understand if the $ is better. NFL – Not For Long is looming.

  22. harrisonhits2 says: Mar 15, 2017 12:13 PM

    Sounds like he already left Pittsburgh so he’s not going to the Steelers.

    He’s going to get a massive payday no matter which team he picks, at least 20 mil guaranteed. I don’t see Dont’a going to the bottom feeders in NY unless they’ve given him an offer so much more massive than the Pats that he just can’t say no.

    As long as the Pats have given him a decent offer I expect him back in NE.

  23. loudpackmatt says: Mar 15, 2017 12:36 PM

    come on browns

  24. ak185 says: Mar 15, 2017 12:38 PM

    He’s going back home. The other two visits were to test the waters a bit, but mostly to try and get a little more out of the Pats money-wise. Smart to try and get what he could, but he’s not going anywhere. Certainly not to New York.

  25. LyinRogerMustGo says: Mar 15, 2017 12:50 PM

    I wonder if Rachel Maddow already has the story on where he’s going.

    🙂

  26. walker1191 says: Mar 15, 2017 1:19 PM

    If he goes to the Steelers, next time they play NE he’ll be burned in pass coverage repeatedly.

    If he goes to the Jets, he’ll spend the next 4 years getting rich playing for a terrible team in an awful environment for 2 or 3 different head coaches.

    If he stays in NE he’ll be payed well, get more shots at the brass ring and be a local hero.

  27. tagtak2000 says: Mar 16, 2017 8:57 AM

    I think the deal was done and BB just sent him down to visit the Jets for a tease. Love playing cat and mouse with the Jets…too bad BB is always the cat!

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