Published: Wed, March 15, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

Jets interested in LB Dont'a Hightower

Jets interested in LB Dont'a Hightower

Though Hightower had just 65 tackles, it's worth noting New England's defense tends to rely on a unit as opposed to a single player.

"There is a major snowstorm moving in, and there's a question as to whether Dont'a Hightower is going to get out of there", Schefter said on the program.

The New York Jets met with prized free agent linebacker Dont'a Hightower Sunday. The Jets and Patriots "appear to be leading the pack" to sign Hightower, according to CBS Sports.

Selected by the New England Patriots in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft from the Universtiy of Alabama, Hightower was a team captain last season.

The Jets have mostly been quiet so far in free agency, but the team has its eyes on one of the few high-profile players still available.

The Jets' interest originally wasn't looked at as anything more than a negotiating ploy by Hightower, but that may have been overstated. To get a deal done in Pittsburgh, Hightower might be looking more at $10 million.

They did it in 2002, landing James Farrior from the New York Jets.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported the Jets and Titans left their meeting with Hightower "convinced" he would return to the only professional home he's known.

The Jets were in the running for Packers linebacker Nick Perry, and Cardinals safety Tony Jefferson, but missed out on both. There are those who don't even understand the Pittsburgh Steelers' goal in setting up a meeting with Dont'a Hightower, via a report from CBS Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh, though, lost Lawrence Timmons to the Dolphins as a free agent last week. Well, the Patriots definitely want him back.

The Jets are in a rebuilding state, and they have nowhere to go next season so patience is key.

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