By Reid McEvoy
The New York Jets are pursuing former Patriots outside linebacker and current free agent Dont’a Hightower. If the Jets are able to get Hightower on the roster, he could solve a lot problems on the defensive end, making it a no-brainer of a decision.
As David Harris is on a huge contract, not to mention on the last legs of a great career, the Jets might be able to release him, and in an interesting segue, bring in current Cincinnati Bengals backup quarterback A.J. McCarron as well in a much-talked-about trade for Sheldon Richardson. In the latter case, Hightower would be the playmaker the Jets would need to offset the potential loss of Richardson, all the while adding a possible franchise quarterback in the process.
Hightower is a man in high demand, however, as he is coming off a championship season and is ranked the No. 2 free agent by ESPN, only behind defensive tackle Brandon Williams. Coming off a year with 65 tackles, 2.5 sacks, a forced fumble,and a safety, Hightower would be a big pickup no matter where he goes, but at the moment, the Jets are the ones apparently pursuing him.
If the Jets can find a way to sign Dont’a Hightower, it could not only solve a lot of the problems the Jets currently have on defense, but it would also represent a rare victory over the New England Patriots as well.