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Dont’a Hightower physical gave Jets concerns

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With the Patriots silent and the Jets interested in swiping a key defensive player from a division rival, the Jets initially made a big push to sign linebacker Dont’a Hightower. Their zeal diminished, however, after giving Hightower a physical.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Jets made an initial offer of up to $62.5 million over five years. After the physical, however, it became clear that the total dollars and (more importantly) the guarantees wouldn’t ultimately get to the point where Hightower would accept.

The Jets didn’t drop out but they were concerned, the source explained. The Patriots, conversely, knew about any potential medical issues and were comfortable proceeding.

The difference in the two teams’ attitude about Hightower’s overall health after five NFL seasons ultimately contributed to the Patriots putting together an offer that Hightower deemed to be more than good enough, given his history with the team.

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  1. walker1191 says: Mar 16, 2017 10:34 PM

    Yeah, I’m sure that’s what happened. He wasn’t good enough to wear the green and white.

  2. pondbridge says: Mar 16, 2017 10:36 PM

    Jets trying to save face. Unconvincing– has Goodell been busted down to his old job of Jets PR stringer but no one’s been informed?

  3. sportzfan says: Mar 16, 2017 10:41 PM

    More likely he told them to shove their initial low offer. Told them to double it or take a hike. Then the Jets changed their “official statement” to save face.

  4. mammothfan says: Mar 16, 2017 10:47 PM

    Of course not one patriot fan is buying this

  5. patsfiend says: Mar 16, 2017 11:01 PM

    He stopped Lynch at the goal line with a busted up shoulder in the biggest moment. Showed Bill everything he needed to see right there.

  6. deneb1973 says: Mar 16, 2017 11:07 PM

    Odd that the Jets concerns are published after they lost Hightower. The disfunction within Gang Green is incredible! No QB or Super Bowls – for nearly fifty years; a total tear down and rebuild two seasons after they were thought to have a dominant defense. Now rumors that they really did not want to get Hightower. Silly. If I remember correctly Drew Brees was disqualified from becoming Miami’s QB when Saban was the coach – see how well that worked out! The Jets need a rebuild – but a rebuild of the front office and Woody needs to stay away from the football operation.

  7. matchframebill says: Mar 16, 2017 11:12 PM

    He’s a beast in the middle and has a knack for making big plays at key moments. I’m very glad the Pats kept him in the fold. Yet another brilliant move by the JETS.

  8. heisthejuan says: Mar 16, 2017 11:21 PM

    Sounds like a bit of a smear, but it’s no secret that he gets dinged up. Part of the reason he didn’t get a mega deal. He’ll end up a 7-8 pro. Not a 10-12 year one.

  9. weepingjebus says: Mar 16, 2017 11:29 PM

    They were probably confused because he has muscles and both of his eyes point in the same direction.

  10. andreboy1 says: Mar 17, 2017 2:28 AM

    This guy is a slightly above average linebacker but Patriot fans make him seem like Mike Singletary.

    There is nothing special about him and that’s why he had to go shop his services to other teams.

    Patrick Willis was averaging close to 100 solo tackles a season, while Hightower is under 50. While playing in the same defense.

    He blew by Freeman when he missed an assignment and you guys act like it was some miracle play.

    And stop acting like you’re on a first name basis with Bill Belichick.

  11. amadorcountyca says: Mar 17, 2017 2:58 AM

    But, but, but….they gave him cupcakes!!!

  12. soflosportsfan says: Mar 17, 2017 2:58 AM

    sportzfan says:
    Mar 16, 2017 10:41 PM

    More likely he told them to shove their initial low offer. Told them to double it or take a hike. Then the Jets changed their “official statement” to save face.
    ————————————————————–

    …uhhh, he was offered more to play in NY…

  13. footballisnotthatimportant says: Mar 17, 2017 3:09 AM

    lol at the Jets being super-picky.

    They’ll be fighting tooth and nail to avoid having the worst record in football this coming season.

  14. 4onafloor says: Mar 17, 2017 3:19 AM

    He’s a great run-stopper, but a liability in coverage. He’ll be fine in New England where he fits the scheme, but not worth the investment elsewhere. 10-mil+ per year should pay for an every-down LB, not a situational player.

  15. pftpffftttt says: Mar 17, 2017 3:20 AM

    JETS PHYSICAL

    Step1. Punch player in face
    Step2. Is his jaw broken?
    a) No. Offer 62M and a cupcake
    b) Yes. Pay 5M

  16. lifetimefan says: Mar 17, 2017 4:22 AM

    Hey the guy has a history of knee and shoulder injuries. He has missed some games. Lets just say the potential is there. It speaks well of the pats, they know the risk but because of loyalty they made a good offer. My guess however is BB is looking for contingency players now not later

  17. pointerdogs says: Mar 17, 2017 5:32 AM

    Per a source familiar with the situation, the Jets still suck.

  18. patpatriot7 says: Mar 17, 2017 5:58 AM

    Why settle for cupcakes when you can have a double-layer cake with frosting and Boston cream in the center?

  19. Don Humphrey says: Mar 17, 2017 6:02 AM

    Way to throw dirt on a guy the Jets couldn’t sign

  20. worldizending says: Mar 17, 2017 6:07 AM

    weepingjebus says:
    Mar 16, 2017 11:29 PM
    They were probably confused because he has muscles and both of his eyes point in the same direction.
    ————————————————————–
    Thanks for the laugh. great way to start the day. Go Patriots!

  21. tombradyisgod says: Mar 17, 2017 6:17 AM

    I don’t care about the jets defense. I just want to kiss you

  22. paulmauddib says: Mar 17, 2017 7:22 AM

    Walker, there are Girl Scouts who wear green prouder than some of the Jets. Could probably play better also.

  23. redclaw1314 says: Mar 17, 2017 7:57 AM

    Jets up to their old tricks again, only problem is that people have caught on.

  24. jag1959 says: Mar 17, 2017 8:03 AM

    Translation: Hell hath no fury like a cupcake scorned

  25. dudabaguera says: Mar 17, 2017 8:09 AM

    Ok Mike, you tried. This looks like a joke! LOL

  26. straighcashhomey says: Mar 17, 2017 8:10 AM

    jets are a clown show and always will be. 1968

  27. floriosnuts says: Mar 17, 2017 8:23 AM

    Something, I can’t quite put my finger on it, has be leaning toward trusting the Patriots judgement over that of the Jets. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Jets team physician was Doctor Nick Riviera from ‘The Simpsons’

  28. rjg427 says: Mar 17, 2017 8:23 AM

    and conversely the Jets organization gave Hightower concerns

  29. jchipwood says: Mar 17, 2017 8:50 AM

    Patriot fans only believe what they want to believe…….check above.

  30. margoadams says: Mar 17, 2017 8:54 AM

    J.E.T.S. A Half Century of Mediocrity. Don’t Change Woody! Don’t Change! #DelfateGate Karma is a beautiful thing!

  31. Thretosix says: Mar 17, 2017 8:59 AM

    The Patriots value more than his physical abilities. Perhaps instead of the Patriots knowing more about the injuries, it’s more about his football knowledge and leadership on the field and in the locker room. Also I don’t believe the Patriots would have spent this money if they felt there were red flags. Didn’t hear anything out of Pittsburgh about issues with his physical.

  32. Thretosix says: Mar 17, 2017 9:01 AM

    The Jets wouldn’t know what still being dinged up in March is about.

  33. factschecker says: Mar 17, 2017 9:33 AM

    Patriot fans only believe what they want to believe…….check above.
    ——–
    People in general only believe what they want to believe.

    These days it seems that reality is in the eyes of the beholder. Many have erased the line between fact and opinion for arguments sake.

    And they call this the age of information? Go figure.

  34. toddsuperbowles says: Mar 17, 2017 10:20 AM

    Mike Florio, please do everybody a solid and establish a Patriots Football Talk site. That way Patriots fans can whine and be delusional among themselves. Thanks. Sincerely, Everybody Else

  35. intrafinesse says: Mar 17, 2017 11:04 AM

    He will probably not get paid the full amount of his 4th year with the patriots, because he’ll be 30 , and Belichick will ask for a pay cut.
    Thus he’s making less than 9MM/year. Its a 3 year contract.
    If the Jets were stupid enough to offer 12.5MM/year then he probably should have taken that.

  36. patsfiend says: Mar 17, 2017 11:25 AM

    andreboy1 says:
    Mar 17, 2017 2:28 AM

    (blah blah blah yada yada yada…)

    And stop acting like you’re on a first name basis with Bill Belichick.
    ———
    Bill, Cougar Linda, Tom and Gisele… even Snoopy, are all welcome at our house any time. Good local folks. We run into them sometimes in the produce section of Whole Foods up in Brookline.

  37. leftlaneisforpassingonly says: Mar 17, 2017 1:49 PM

    So much for privacy regarding medical information.

  38. superpatsfan5 says: Mar 17, 2017 2:11 PM

    As much as I wish it were not true Hightower does have legitimate injury concerns. He is not nearly as Dynamic a player as Rob Gronkowski but he is almost if not as much as crucial as Gronkowski in the system of Defense played by the Patriots. When he’s in they are better. End of story

  39. deacon85 says: Mar 17, 2017 3:55 PM

    andreboy1 says:
    Mar 17, 2017 2:28 AM
    This guy is a slightly above average linebacker but Patriot fans make him seem like Mike Singletary.

    There is nothing special about him and that’s why he had to go shop his services to other teams.
    ————————-
    His record in the two Super Bowls he played in is demonstrable proof to the contrary. But if you want to believe that Belichick is a poor judge of linebacker talent, well, go ahead if that’s what you want to believe.

  40. wib22 says: Mar 17, 2017 3:57 PM

    yes, because as we saw with saban and brees, worrying about a physical always works out.

  41. wib22 says: Mar 17, 2017 3:58 PM

    Patriot fans only believe what they want to believe…….check above.

    *****

    You don’t understand irony, do you?

  42. superpatriotsfan says: Mar 17, 2017 4:18 PM

    Yeah, can’t cheat when you’re not on the Patriots.

  43. superpatriotsfan says: Mar 17, 2017 4:18 PM

    Yeah, can’t cheat when you’re not on the Patriots.

  44. infectorman says: Mar 17, 2017 4:50 PM

    WOW!!!!

    Hatriot nation is getting smaller and smaller.
    Dare I say, Deflating even! BAHAHAHAA!!!!!

    Just a couple crybaby outbursts on this story whereas before it would have been at least every other post of non-stop whining and crying, about how “Belicheat” this and “Tammy wears Uggs” that.

    You clowns are really resting on your laurels.
    Pick it up will ya! We miss your constant infantile outbursts

    Signed
    Patriot Nation

  45. raober says: Mar 17, 2017 4:58 PM

    The Jets aren’t used to players who have to play 19 games a year rather than 16.

  46. wib22 says: Mar 17, 2017 5:05 PM

    superpatriotsfan or chippy, the donks cheat more than the pats.

  47. theandy59 says: Mar 18, 2017 10:07 AM

    I’m fine with other teams and their fans calling Hightower, or for that matter any other Patriot, “overrated”. Brady is overrated. Edelman is overrated. Hightower is overrated. Belichick is overrated. McCourty is overrated. Brushi was overrated. Law was overrated. Brown? Overrated. You know what’s not overrated? Watching your team of overrated players play in seven Super Bowls, win five of them within 15 years, and going 2 out of 3 twice. Yup, definitely not overrated.

  48. TheWizard says: Mar 18, 2017 2:23 PM

    Their willingness to pay Hightower made me think of something. This team right now is built that it can lose any guy on the roster for couple of games and they have it covered.

    Think about how strong of a roster that is.

  49. A happy green parrot says: Mar 18, 2017 5:16 PM

    Hey, if no one is going to eat those cupcakes Ill take them.

  50. A happy green parrot says: Mar 18, 2017 5:20 PM

    toddsuperbowles says:
    Mar 17, 2017 10:20 AM
    Mike Florio, please do everybody a solid and establish a Patriots Football Talk site. That way Patriots fans can whine and be delusional among themselves. Thanks. Sincerely, Everybody Else

    ——————–

    Florio is doing just fine, it aint his fault you came to his Patriots article to complain about Patriots fans. If he did as you ask you would just go to that site to complain about Patriots fans there instead.

  51. bradygirl12 says: Mar 18, 2017 7:15 PM

    I think that the Jets version of what happened is a crock. Hightower probably didn’t want any part of that mess in New Jersey.

  52. goatbrady says: Mar 19, 2017 12:57 PM

    That’s why they wined and dined him with cupcakes

  53. mmack66 says: Mar 20, 2017 11:36 AM

    superpatriotsfan says:
    Mar 17, 2017 4:18 PM

    Yeah, can’t cheat when you’re not on the Patriots.
    —————————

    The Jets cheat all of the time. They even got caught videotaping and tampering with footballs, but they’re the Jets, and since the league office is infested with former Jets employees, no one ever talks about it.

  54. 1967forever says: Mar 20, 2017 4:29 PM

    I thought you could only get a physical after signing a contract. Certainly no agent worth his salt should allow any physical exam prior to contract signing.

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