The teams he visited over the past weekend were under the impression he’s going to remain with the Patriots, according to NFL Media.
La Canfora also mentioned the Pittsburgh Steelers as a team watching Hightower’s situation, but they didn’t like their chances of wooing the versatile linebacker away from the defending Super Bowl champions. He was a Pro Bowler this past year. Hightower’s meeting today with the Saints was canceled due to the storm, and both the Jets and Titans reportedly were convinced that the All-Pro would ultimately resign with the Patriots. The Jets entertained Hightower in New Jersey for a visit on Sunday and Monday.
Hightower, a first-round pick of the Patriots in the 2012 NFL Draft, has been a productive player for New England the past five seasons. They may have even given Hightower’s agent a number and left it at that. If they’ve offered that much, and he hasn’t signed a contract, it tells you that he has little desire to play for them. That he is taking this free-agency tour indicates the Patriots have not made a substantial offer to him.
In his two seasons with the Jaguars, House recorded 77 total tackles and four interceptions and 23 defensed passes.
The Falcons signed Wreh-Wilson in 2016 after starter Desmond Trufant’s season-ending shoulder injury.
The Arizona Cardinals have re-signed running back Andre Ellington to a one-year contract. Burkhead, 26, comes from Cincinnati, where he has spent all four years of his National Football League career since being drafted in the sixth round out of Nebraska in 2013. Only Cleveland Browns and former Patriots linebacker Jamie Collins ($12.50 million) and the Carolina Panthers’ Luke Kuechly ($12.36 million) receive more than that.