Steelers told Dont'a Hightower offer off the table if he leaves

Posted March 15, 2017

The New England Patriots have been one of the busiest teams during free agency, signing Stephon Gilmore to a monster deal and swinging a trade for Brandin Cooks.

As expected, the Pittsburgh Steelers are entertaining two more free agents on Tuesday at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex as linebacker Dont'a Hightower and cornerback Davon House are now confirmed visitors.

"They sent his mother Jets merchandise, they brought him out to dinner last night and had cupcakes given to him on his birthday", Schefter said on Monday's edition of NFL Insiders (per "s transcription)". The Jets mostly seem like a leverage play on Hightower's behalf, but La Canfora has been adamant their interest is real. The report also states "several" other teams also are keeping close tabs on Hightower.

The Jets have been playing small ball in free agency, which makes their courtship of Hightower so interesting. The Patriots have won two of the last three Super Bowls with Hightower acting as a stabilizing force in the middle of their front seven.

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It appears Dont'a Hightower's visit with the Steelers has ended.

Ian Rapoport notes the Jets are not terribly optimistic about their chances to land the linebacker. While Dont'a Hightower is scheduled to meet Mike Tomlin, Kevin Colbert and Keith Butler, the one thing fans are closely watching is whether the Pittsburgh Steelers would offer Dont'a Hightower a contract or Dont'a Hightower would leave without signing one.

Teams reportedly have believed that Hightower will end up re-singing with the Patriots. They also brought back free-agent safety Duron Harmon. In 2015, when they signed running back DeAngelo Williams and past year tight end Ladarius Green.