A source told NJ.com that the Jets were "not comfortable" offering Hightower a deal once they learned of his physical condition.
It wasn't easy for the New England Patriots, as they have to spend a little more than what they initially expected to re-sign Dont'a Hightower.
The contract offered by the Jets was significantly more than the one New England had on the table ($8.75 million per year), so Hightower visited with the team. Ultimately, he chose to return to New England on a four-year, $43.5 million contract with $19 million guaranteed (more on that here).
He missed three games last season due to injuries.
The strategy seemed to backfire as Dont'a Hightower didn't get much interest from other teams as he would have expected.
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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.
Not so fast. According to MMQB's Albert Breer, the Jets actually pulled their initial contract offer to Hightower after he conducted a physical. He has spent the first five years of his National Football League career with the Patriots, helping the team win the Super Bowl twice.
McCourty happily anchors the secondary as a team captain while earning $6.5 million in base salary in 2017 on his five-year, $47.5 million deal.
Concerns with Hightower's health are legitimate.