Jets, Titans Reportedly Convinced Dont'a Hightower Will Re-Sign with Patriots

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It could also be a negotiating ploy, and perhaps a sign of growing frustration that he has yet to make a deal with the Patriots.

Sunday brought word of the Jets' interest in free agent linebacker Dont'a Hightower and they are making their case to him in person. "They had "Happy Birthday Dont'a Hightower" on all the screens inside the Jets training facility". They ever tried to woo him with cupcakes. According to CBS Sports' Jason LaCanfora, the Jets are one of the favorites to land Hightower.

Dont'a Hightower played a big role in the Patriots' Super Bowl run and win as he recorded a sack and a forced fumble in the big game.

After a quiet start to free agency, the Jets might be on the verge of one of the biggest moves this National Football League off-season.

But it wasn't enough to keep Hightower in Florham Park.

While it is possible and perhaps likely that Hightower re-signs with the Super Bowl champion Patriots, he is out there on the market and the Jets are interested.

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Earlier in the day, it was reported that the Steelers were getting "positive vibes" from the Hightower visit. The Jets could release veteran David Harris if Hightower comes on board.

Linebacker Jay Elliott visited the Steelers Monday and signed with the Packers Monday night, and receiver Justin Hunter also visited Monday and left without a contract.

The team announced on Tuesday afternoon that it had signed unrestricted free agent Rex Burkhead to give their backfield - and their special-teams units - some depth.

The Patriots have added a new face to their stable of running backs. The Miami Dolphins signed Timmons away on a 2-year, $12 million contract.

As Kinkhabwala said, the Steelers do not want Hightower "using them" in negotiations with other teams.