The New York Jets are flirting with the addition of Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower. The team has completed their wining & dining (and who knows what else) for one of the top free agents that was available in the market.
Some might wonder, “why are the Jets considering a hgh priced free agent after skipping on Nick Perry and Tony Jefferson?” — Easy, Hightower is a top 5 player at his position, Perry and Jefferson were good, not great. Even in a rebuild year, teams should aim to spend money if it means adding a premium talent to the roster.
The addition of Hightower will likely mean the release of stalwart linebacker David Harris. That will be a tough loss for the team’s leadership. Being said, his time with the Jets likely only has one year left on it anyway. Harris has been a liability in pass coverage for years and it continues to get worse. Hightower could command a yearly salary of $10-12 million, pricey yes, but when you facor in Harris’ $6.5 coming off the books, the difference is much more palatable.
Now Hightower won’t solve Harris’ coverage issues in the Jets defense, but he would allow Darron Lee to take on more of those responsibilities and can set the edge in certain packages. Hightowers strengths are when he is playing downhill:
At the moment, it seems like Hightower is trying to find his value on the market and has a handshake agreement with the Patriots to allow a matching offer – they have done that before with many previous free agents. Should the Jets give him an offer he can’t refuse, consider this is terrific addition!
Cheer up this is good!