The biggest prize remaining in free agency could be deciding between two AFC East rivals.
Hightower was a first-round pick of the Patriots in 2012 and has won two Super Bowls with the team. A return to New England is thought to be likely, but the fact that Hightower remains unsigned suggests the Patriots have at least some trepidation about committing long-term.
The Jets are a name that hadn’t previously been linked to Hightower, but they make sense as a destination because they lack impact players in their linebacking corps.
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