Breer: Hightower’s deal says Patriots have concerns about his health

Breer: Hightower’s deal says Patriots have concerns about his health

According to a report from Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, the New York Jets became concerned about medical issues they discovered after giving Dont’a Hightower a physical.

On Sports Sunday, Albert Breer explained why Hightower’s new deal with the Patriots speaks volumes about their own concerns with the linebacker’s health.

“If you look at the Patriots contract, they’re telling you the exact same thing,” explained Breer. “The per-game roster bonuses in his deal are larger than any other player on the roster. That includes Rob Gronkowski. That includes Tom Brady - who is going to be playing into his 40s on that contract. That includes Julian Edelman. On top of that, there are incentives that also will be based on health play time, Pro Bowl, All-Pro.

“The Jets’ concerns, the Patriots share those concerns. It’s right there in the contract.”

Ohio State LB on Belichick: 'When you first meet him, you're scared'

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Ohio State LB on Belichick: 'When you first meet him, you're scared'

Even for some of the nation's top athletes, confident 20-somethings with the rest of their (perhaps very lucrative) lives ahead of them, there's a feeling you just can't shake when Bill Belichick walks into the room. 

"When you first meet him, you're scared," said Ohio State linebacker Raekwon McMillan, per WBZ. "He's quizzing you. It's like a little test. But after you get done with the test, the quiz or whatever, drawing up the defense, it's pretty cool. They're real down to earth people. Really cool."

Belichick was spotted at Ohio State's pro day getting a closer look at McMillan and his teammates on Thursday. He then headed off to Ann Arbor, Michigan for the Wolverines showcase Friday.

During various scouting trips across the country, the Patriots appear to be showing significant interest in the incoming class of linebackers. Belichick spent some extra time with Vanderbilt's Zach Cunningham -- who's projected to be a first-rounder -- at his pro day. The team reportedly scheduled a meeting with a speedy linebacker from Cincinnati. And Matt Patricia caught up with Notre Dame linebacker James Onwualu once his workouts finished up on Thursday. 

As for McMillan, the 6-2, 240-pounder was a second-team All-American and a first-team All-Big Ten choice. He's instinctive, but there's some question as to whether or not he has the strength to hold up inside at the next level.

PODCAST: Dan Wetzel on the Aaron Hernandez double-murder trial

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PODCAST: Dan Wetzel on the Aaron Hernandez double-murder trial

Tom E. Curran has Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports as a guest to discuss the Aaron Hernandez double homicide trial. Wetzel has been in the courtroom, and wrote this piece about the day Hernandez’s former friend Alexander Bradley testified in court. 

After speaking with Wetzel, Curran has Tim Rohan of MMQB.com on to discuss his day with ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

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