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Dont’a Hightower Leaves Without Contract After Getting Birthday Cupcakes From Jets

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The Jets had free agent linebacker Dont’a Hightower in for a visit.

This will not be Hightower’s final stop in free agency.

Hightower was visiting the Jets on his birthday, and the Jets celebrated with him as part of their pitch according to Adam Schefter.

"They sent his mother Jets merchandise, the brought him out to dinner last night and had cupcakes given to him on his birthday. They had 'Happy Birthday Dont'a Hightower' on all the screens inside the Jets training facility," Schefter relayed.

Ian Rapoport notes the Jets are not terribly optimistic about their chances to land the linebacker.

The Jets really can only make themselves more attractive than the competition by outbidding the opposition for the services of free agents. That can be a powerful motivation for some players, but the highest bid doesn’t always carry the day.

Other than that, it is going to be difficult to land premium free agents just because of the bad state of the franchise at the moment.