Dont'a Hightower reportedly is meeting with the Jets. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)There wasn't much buzz with Dont'a Hightower over the first few days of NFL free agency, but that changed on Sunday.



It appears Malcolm Butler really isn’t happy in New England following what happened last week with the team signing Stephon Gilmore to a five-year, $65 million deal.

Malcolm Butler could be playing elsewhere in 2017. (Michael Madrid/USA Today Sports)

Malcolm Butler could be playing elsewhere in 2017. (Michael Madrid/USA Today Sports)

It appears Malcolm Butler really isn’t happy in New England following what happened last week with the team signing Stephon Gilmore to a five-year, $65 million deal.

According to CBS’ Jason La Canfora, Butler’s agent is contacting teams trying to find one to part ways with their first-round pick in order to sign the cornerback because that is the tender the Patriots placed on him.

Another team would need to offer a pretty big contract to the 27-year-old considering the Patriots have the right to match, and a below average offer would actually be doing the Patriots a favor.

Say Butler is offered a three-year deal for $21 million by another team, the Patriots would likely match that offer considering it is great value for a player like Butler. If a team is really serious about landing Butler, it would need to offer a deal the Patriots wouldn’t match. This would also give Butler what he wants — a big contract.

The report adds the Patriots would be OK with losing Butler and getting a first-round pick in return since they don’t have a first or second-round pick of their own. Butler is apparently seeking Gilmore money, which is $13 million per year.

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Ryan Hannable

Dont’a Hightower won’t be done visiting teams after the Jets.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Hightower will be visiting with the Steelers after his visit with the Jets wraps up.

Dont'a Hightower reportedly will visit the Jets on Monday. (Matthew Emmons/USA Today Sports)

Dont’a Hightower reportedly will visit the Jets on Monday. (Matthew Emmons/USA Today Sports)

Maybe the Jets’ interest in Dont’a Hightower is real.

According to CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora, Hightower is visiting the team and the meeting will wrap up on Monday. It was reported Sunday the Jets and Patriots were leading the way in teams interested in the linebacker.

Now four days into free agency, Hightower has yet to sign with a team, which is a little strange considering he was the best middle linebacker on the market.

Hightower, who turned 27 on Sunday, is coming off of his rookie contract and will likely look to become one of, if not the highest paid middle linebacker in the game. He’s reportedly seeking between $10-13 million per year.

It would be pretty interesting if the Jets and Patriots were to in fact get into a bidding war for Hightower.

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Ryan Hannable

A mystery team has emerged in the Dont’a Hightower sweepstakes.

Dont'a Hightower reportedly is getting interest from the Jets, as well as the Patriots. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)

Dont’a Hightower reportedly is getting interest from the Jets, as well as the Patriots. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)

A mystery team has emerged in the Dont’a Hightower sweepstakes.

According to CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora, the Jets are one of the teams interested in the linebacker. The report adds the Jets and Patriots are leading the pack of teams interested in him, but several other teams are monitoring the situation closely as well.

At the open of free agency it appeared it was just the Patriots, Titans and Dolphins interested in Hightower, but then Miami and Tennessee dropped out of the running. There was always the thought there was a mystery team or teams were involved, and now we know there are in fact more teams interested in the linebacker.

It is interesting Hightower hasn’t signed yet, which likely is a sign he isn’t getting the money he expected to get on the open market. It was reported last week he was seeking between $10-13 million per year. From a Patriots perspective, even with all the moves they have made, they still have plenty of cap space to sign him.

Hightower is celebrating his 27th birthday Sunday.

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Ryan Hannable

Dwayne Allen has played for just the Colts in his five-year NFL career, so all he knows is to dislike the Patriots considering all of their battles over the years and then Deflategate.

Dwayne Allen has always admired the Patriots. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA Today Sports)

Dwayne Allen has always admired the Patriots. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA Today Sports)

Dwayne Allen has played for just the Colts in his five-year NFL career, so all he knows is to dislike the Patriots considering all of their battles over the years and then Deflategate.

Although the 27-year-old was a Colt for the last five years, he had a difference perspective than many of his teammates.

“Coming from the Colts, you’re taught to hate the Patriots,” Allen told “Patriots Today” on Patriots.com. “But I always admired them for their professionalism, how hard they work and of course the winning culture that they have here. There’s no wonder why the Patriots have been so successful. I’m just eager to get to work and to earn the right to be called a Patriot.”

Allen was traded to the Patriots this week and should have a big role with the team in 2017 serving as Martellus Bennett’s replacement.

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Ryan Hannable

A few weeks back, Tom Brady posted a video of him skiing in Montana.

This weekend, Stephen Gostkowski went skiing at Wachusett Mountain and appeared to one-up the Patriots quarterback.

“Tom, this is how you land a jump, my friend,” Gostkowski said in a video before starting a run.

Click here to see the video.

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Ryan Hannable