The New York Jets are in the running for a major double whammy in NFL free agency.
Gang Green is one of the leading suitors to sign New England Patriots free agent linebacker Dont'a Hightower, according to a report from CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora.
Hightower would be quite a coup for the Jets, who not only would add an elite linebacker, but also would be stealing him for their biggest rivals and the defending Super Bowl champions. Of course, as La Canfora notes in the tweet, the Patriots are right there in the running to retain Hightower's services, so it's not time for any green balloons or confetti in New York just yet.
Hightower, 27, just completed his fifth year in the NFL, all with the Patriots. His team option for the 2016 season payed him $7.7 million, and the two-time champion is in line for quite a raise.
Johnny Manziel said 10 days ago, "I'd go to New England in a heartbeat," when asked about the Patriots as a potential landing spot.
That seemed like wishful thinking at the time, but they're taking a look at him...along with 12 other NFL teams, according to ESPN's Eric Williams.
Tom Brady's current backup Brian Hoyer is, like Manziel, an ex-Cleveland Browns quarterback. Manziel would again be competing with Hoyer for the Pats' No. 2 job should New England take a chance on "Johnny Football", the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner from Texas A&M, who's been out of football the past two years because of substance abuse and emotional problems.
FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman had it at 12 teams watching Manziel work out at the University of San Diego and said the Patriots gave Manziel a weigh-in.
The Patriots have agreed to a one-year deal to retain offensive lineman LaAdrian Waddle, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.
Waddle could potentially take over at left tackle for Nate Solder, who signed with the New York Giants.
Waddle, who, along with another ex-Pats offensive tackle, Cameron Fleming, made a free-agent visit last weekend to the Dallas Cowboys, turns 27 in July and was signed from the Detroit Lions in 2016 and appeared in 12 games last season, starting four.
More to come...