Jets showing interest in Dont'a Hightower

The Patriots have fared well in the National Football League offseason so far, but an AFC East rival might win the race to sign one of Bill Belichick's best defensive players.

Per Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, the New England Patriots and New York Jets "appear" to be Hightower's top suitors right now with "several" teams still keeping an eye on him.

On Sunday, the Jets were linked to Hightower, one of the few premium free agents remaining on the open market.

There may be a few teams in the National Football League which have interested in signing Dont'a Hightower. The timing of the news and the Jets' presence in the division could be a prod to get the ball moving with New England, although their pace thus far doesn't suggest they are panicked about Hightower leaving. The Tennessee Titans, New Orleans Saints and Miami have all expressed interest, as have the Patriots. A team captain, the 27-year-old produced one of the game-changing plays in Super Bowl LI, forcing a sack-fumble against the Falcons. Hightower is injury prone as he has played a full season just once in his five years. They have veteran David Harris and Darron Lee heading into his second National Football League season as their two top linebackers, and Hightower would be an upgrade.

  • Julie Sanders