Multiple reports indicate the Jets are going all out to try and land free agent linebacker Dont’a Hightower.
Hightower is thought to be seeking $12 million per year, which would make him the second highest-paid inside linebacker in the NFL, behind Luke Kuechly ($12.4 million).
The Jets have taken a low-key approach in free agency, but they really want Hightower and they're willing to give him a blockbuster contract.
Jets have the most $$ on table for Hightower but he doesn't seem inclined to take it. Talks w/PIT and NE are ongoing— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 14, 2017
The Jets certainly seem to be facing an uphill battle to land the linebacker’s services. It is easy to see why. He would be leaving a team where he has won two championships in three years for a team at the bottom of the league standings where it still might get worse before it gets better.
I’m not entirely sure how I’d feel about the Jets giving him $12 million. He’s very good, but that is a lot of money. I think I’d be all right with it, but my optimism would be cautious at that kind of money.