New York Jets Miss Out On LB Dont'a Hightower
Feb 5, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; New England Patriots middle linebacker Dont'a Hightower (54) and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia celebrate with the Vince Lombardi Trophy during Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

While they splashed him with birthday wishes, free agent linebacker Dont’a Hightower decides to spurn the New York Jets for the Pats.

Apparently, the New York Jets’ cupcakes did not convince Dont’a Hightower to sign with the struggling football team.

According to Adam Schefter, Hightower will sign a $43.5M deal ($19M guaranteed) over four seasons. If true, it appears Hightower took a pay cut to resign with the reigning Super Bowl Champions.

The Jets reportedly offered Hightower $12M to leave Tom Brady and company. Not only did the Jets offer him more money, they offered Hightower cupcakes and gave his mother Jets gear to persuade Hightower to become a member of Gang Green. Hightower seems to value championships more than sugary snacks.

With Hightower passing on the Jets they will likely keep longtime LB David Harris, rather than cutting him for cap space. Second-year linebacker Darron Lee is also expected to play a large role on the defensive side of the ball for New York.

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