Rather than seek more money elsewhere, Dont’a Hightower chose to keep living the sweet life in New England.
After reportedly being treated to cupcakes from the Jets on his birthday and sitting down with the Steelers two days later, the free-agent linebacker has decided to return to the Patriots, his agent announced.
Hightower and the Patriots agreed to a four-year, $43.5-million deal that includes $19 million guaranteed.
The Jets reportedly put on a full-court press to land Hightower over the weekend, including sending his mother Jets merchandise, taking Hightower out to dinner, giving him birthday cupcakes and posting the message “Happy Birthday Dont’a Hightower” on all of the screens inside the facility in Florham Park, New Jersey.
But before the Jets even confirmed on Monday that his visit was over, speculation began swirling that Hightower was going to return to the Patriots. His suitors apparently believed that too.
According to a league source, the Jets already were out of the Hightower sweepstakes by Monday night and did not offer him $12 million per year, as was reported by Bleacher Report.
The Steelers, according to an NFL Network report, believed as of Tuesday night that Hightower was headed back to New England after his agent “asked for more time too many times.”
Source: Fullback Line to visit. Vikings free agent Zach Line is scheduled to visit the Jets, according to a source, who added that the 26-year-old fullback was on his way to New Jersey as of Wednesday morning.
Line, who has spent his entire four-year career in Minnesota, has rushed for 25 yards and two touchdowns on 13 career carries and caught seven passes for 103 yards and one score.
The SMU alum went undrafted in 2013, the same year the Jets selected fullback Tommy Bohanon in the seventh round.
Seferian-Jenkins suspended 2 games. Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins has been suspended without pay for the first two games of the 2017 season for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.
The punishment stems from his September 2016 arrest for driving under the influence while a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It was Seferian-Jenkins’ second DUI arrest in three years and resulted in the Bucs releasing him.
Three days later, the Jets claimed Seferian-Jenkins off waivers.
Seferian-Jenkins caught 10 passes for 110 yards and no touchdowns in seven games (two starts) with the Jets, who used the tight end position sparingly under former offensive coordinator Chan Gailey.
Seferian-Jenkins is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games before serving his suspension.