Jets pulled offer to Dont'a Hightower after physical

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Before signing with the Patriots, Hightower flirted with the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New York Jets in free agency.

Before Hightower took his trip to Florham Park, Maccagnan offered him a five-year contract worth roughly $55 million, a league source told NJ Advance Media. He also notes that the Patriots "knew about any potential medical issues and were comfortable proceeding".

While his injury history likely impacted his free agent market, Hightower has an undeniable blend of athleticism, versatility, and football IQ.

Hightower's new contract with the Patriots is for four years and worth $43.5 million.

The Steelers reportedly gave Hightower a one-time offer on Tuesday while the Jets made a lucrative offer but Hightower chose to stay with the Patriots.

Florio reports the Jets' initial offer was for five years and $62 million, but after the physical "it became clear that the total dollars and (more importantly) the guarantees wouldn't ultimately get to the point where Hightower would accept". In the New England Patriots' Super Bowl LI victory against the Atlanta Falcons, Dont'a Hightower played an integral part especially on the defensive end.

A Pro Bowler last season, the 27-year-old Hightower was a vital cog in New England's defense, but injuries have hampered his career. The deal includes $19 million guaranteed.

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