Would Dont'a Hightower be icing on cupcake for Jets' front seven?

New England is also interested in re-signing Hightower.

It was somewhat of a surprise when Dont'a Hightower hit the open market. Fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers are excited about the news that several free agent prospect are coming to town for a visit, including New England Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower. One has to think that the Patriots are monitoring Hightower's situation closely as well even though they chose to let him explore free agency. The Jets do have plenty of cap room to sign Hightower, but would he really be chomping at the bit to leave the defending Super Bowl (and AFC East) champions to head to a team that went 5-11 in 2016?

Hightower visited with the team Monday, a day that also happened to fall the day after his birthday.

Hightower is an unrestricted free agent after playing the first five years of his career with the New England Patriots.

The Jets have been relatively quiet in free agency thus far.

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Connected to the Jets and Titans as well, Hightower remains in discussions with the Patriots. He was at the facility starting no later that 11:47 a.m. Tuesday, according to multiple reports.

Hightower's interest in the Jets could be genuine.

And if the Steelers front office can be trusted (they cannot), Pittsburgh is getting "positive vibes" about their meeting with Hightower.

Hightower turned 27 on Sunday, so the Jets chose to show some love and helped him celebrate. Pittsburgh, though, lost Lawrence Timmons to the Dolphins as a free agent last week.

While Bill Belichick has been able to craft defenses without superstar talent, the team just authorized a Stephon Gilmore $13 million-per-year payment. The Patriots are also apparently keen to retain him if they can. They had come out of virtually nowhere in the Hightower sweepstakes.

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