Titans Out On Dont’a Hightower

The Titans aren’t buying the notion that Dont’a Hightower is serious about leaving the Patriots. So, they have taken the logical step of removing themselves from the Hightower sweepstakes, Albert Breer of The MMQB tweets. Things can always change, but right now they are planning on putting their energy, focus, and money in a different direction. "<strongMeanwhile, GM Jon Robinson says that Hightower never even visited the team (Twitter link via Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com).

Non-rush linebackers don’t typically cash in on the open market, but Hightower is excellent at what he does and figures to be an exception. Although the Pats declined to give him a franchise tender worth roughly $14.7MM for one-year, he could still get eight figures per season on a multi-year deal.

In order to get that kind of money from New England, he’ll first have to get a similar offer from another team. Right now, the Titans and Jets don’t believe he’s sincere about leaving the defending champs. He’s now slated to visit with the Steelers, however, and that’s a team that would be of interest to any player serious about winning.

The Titans, meanwhile, will continue to roll with Avery Williamson and Wesley Woodyard as inside linebackers in their 3-4 scheme. Both defenders graded as top-50 ‘backers in 2016, according to Pro Football Focus, and Tennessee reportedly holds the 25-year-old Williamson in especially high regard.

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13 comments on “Titans Out On Dont’a Hightower

  1. DENISE ZALSMAN

    he can sign with the lions

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    • gopackgo

      since the packers lost Lang use the money and go all in on Hightower

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  2. George

    I understand with the Patriots having a tight system in place on how to handle players contracts but with the fiasco happening with Butler Patriots would be wise to up there current offer just to end this.I’m not saying pay him ridiculous amount but enough to make him happy.For example if the offer is 10 million a year Offer him 11 I think both sides will be happy.Just end this and focus on Butler.

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    • GuruGray

      Yes I’m sure Belichick would appreciate your advice. They clearly need some guidance the way they’re running the franchise into the ground

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      • qbass187

        Very good point. George has an understanding of the sport that Belichick can only hope to have…

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      • madmanTX

        I’m sure if he does, he’ll ask Trump.

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    • Mack83
      Mack83

      Next time up for leverage? At some point he has to understand he may have lost any/all leverage for a huge contract. Unless he’s gonna keep going to every team lol.

      Come back to NE for $9mm avg and add some rings.

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    • Mack83
      Mack83

      I think Butler is farther off than Hightower is. Butler is looking to get paid for past performances, and NE doesn’t do that. At least not with Bill at the helm.

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  3. dombrowski

    I don’t understand why teams pull out if they are convinced he’ll sign with the Pats. If they want him, they should offer him whatever they think he’s worth. Worse case, it drives up the price for the Pats and a rival has less cap space to work with.

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    • BoSoxLifer

      teams are too scared that the pats fully operational death star will beat the living daylights out of em if they do that

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      • madmanTX

        Good thing the Patsies have figured out how to deflate that Death Star when it’s under attack from the rebels,

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        • Connorsoxfan

          That just never gets old…

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  4. MauiDan

    They all say they want to win, but do they really?

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