The New England Patriots want to re-sign him, but they will have to get in line because he's busy visiting one of their division rivals.
"They sent his mother Jets merchandise, the brought him out to dinner last night and had cupcakes given to him on his birthday".
Hightower, 27, had previously visited the Titans and Jets - two teams with more salary cap space than the Steelers.
The organization that holds the most Vince Lombardi trophies, the Steelers aren't generally major players in free agency, so the team not wanting to go back-and-forth here might not be that unusual.
A Pittsburgh-embedded reporter, Kinkhabwala notes Hightower left Steelers headquarters.
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If Hightower comes to Florham Park it could mean the departure of another Jets' fixture.
However, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport said the Jets and the Tennessee Titans were convinced that Hightower was going to re-sign with the Patriots.
The New York Jets' interest in Dont'a Hightower is legitimate.
Hightower met for over eight hours with the Pittsburgh Steelers, but no deal was reached. If Hightower is brought in, it's possible the Jets would release their longest-tenured player, 33-year-old linebacker David Harris, and save $6.5 million.
As for House, who is currently a street free agent after being released by the Jacksonville Jaguars just prior to the start of the new league year, his current market value figures to be quite low right now. There are those who don't even understand the Pittsburgh Steelers' goal in setting up a meeting with Dont'a Hightower, via a report from CBS Pittsburgh.
Bouchette says that Hightower would strengthen the inside linebacker position, but they need help outside and at cornerback.