New England Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower has battled injuries throughout his NFL career, missing 13 regular season games in five seasons. The Patriots knew this well when they signed him to a four-year, $43.5 million contract earlier this week.
Apparently something the New York Jets saw in Hightower’s physical scared them off, however. Hightower visited the Jets, who pulled their offer to the linebacker after he took his physical, The MMQB.com’s Albert Breer reported Friday.
Jets offer was pulled after physical, so this was a moot point by the time Hightower accepted Pats' offer. https://t.co/jjgiBo73D7
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 17, 2017
The Jets initially offered Hightower a five-year, $55 million contract with a max value of $62.5 million, a source told ESPN’s Rich Cimini.
No one knows about Hightower’s medical history better than the Patriots, so this news shouldn’t be overly concerning. Hightower has never missed a postseason game with the Patriots.