Dont'a Hightower's birthday party doesn't include Jets deal

Report NFL team'convinced Dont'a Hightower will return to Patriots

Report NFL team'convinced Dont'a Hightower will return to Patriots

There's no deal between the two sides yet, and it appears it is because Hightower is buying time to talk with the Patriots.

Neve the less, Dont'a Hightower is officially meeting with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The team took him out to dinner, made birthday cupcakes and sent Jets merchandise to his mother.

Now linked to re-signing with the Pats, division rivals such as the Miami Dolphins, New York Jets and the upstart Tennessee Titans, per CBSSports.com Jason La Canfora, one dark horse to watch for could be the Browns.

According to multiple reports, it looks like Hightower is deciding between the New York Jets and the New England Patriots (sorry, Titans fans).

Hightower, 27, spent his first five seasons with the Patriots.

The inside linebacker would be an immediate replacement for career Steeler Lawrence Timmons, who signed with the Miami Dolphins last Friday, the first full day of free agency.

So, the Jets basically threw Hightower a birthday party.

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Per Aditi Kinkhabwala of The NFL Network, the Steelers told Hightower they'd pull their offer if he gets on a plane to leave Pittsburgh.

On the field, the Jets need help at linebacker. "I think if they come [close] financially, he's going to consider going to play for the New York Jets", he added.

24/7 Sports is reporting that the possibility of Dont'a Hightower becoming a member of the Black and Gold is picking up momentum.

Hightower's interest in the Jets could be genuine. Snow couldn't hold him back.

Robinson also said signing former Patriots cornerback Logan Ryan was the Titans' priority in free agency. He's wanted by at least three teams - the Patriots, Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers, who have scheduled a Monday/Tuesday visit.

Hightower reportedly is seeking between $10-13 million per year.