AFC rival may be moving in to snag one of New England’s best players Tom Pennington/Getty Images
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 05: Dont'a Hightower #54 of the New England Patriots reacts during the third quarter against the Atlanta Falcons during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

One defending Super Bowl champion is on the free agent market and is a huge target for a few teams right now. Linebacker Dont’a Hightower has been phenomenal for the team since he was drafted by the Patriots in 2012 and was great yet again this season. He anchored the defense with 65 tackles, 2.5 sacks, and one forced fumble in 13 games.

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Now he’s looking to get paid though as the Patriots are not going to franchise tag and have made it clear they do not want to spend a whole lot of money on him. That has led him to meet with at least one other team according to NFL reporter Jason La Canfora.

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La Canfora also reports that the Patriots will have to pay close to eight figures to keep him:

The Jets have not spent a whole lot of money so far in the offseason so they could conceivably match or exceed whatever offer the Patriots give him. Of course, he’s not obligated to take whichever deal has the most money, but it certainly wouldn’t hurt.

If Hightower did sign with the Patriots’ division rival, he’d be joining a linebacker corps that currently features Sheldon Richardson, David Harris, Darron Lee, and Jordan Jenkins. Seth Walder of The New York Daily News writes that if the team does sign Hightower, they might move on from Harris. The veteran is a long-time member of the Jets defense, but the team could save $6.5 million against the cap by cutting him loose.

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