Patriots find way to re-sign linebacker Dont'a Hightower, despite pushes from Jets, Steelers (Shutdown Corner)

It involved birthday confections and visits with multiple teams, but the Dont’a Hightower saga is apparently over. The free-agent linebacker was allowed to test the market but has opted to return to the New England Patriots, via his agency. At least this was the expected outcome for most of the time, even with Hightower — a hero in the Patriots’ past two Super Bowl victories — flirting with the rival New York Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers.