And so it was that Jets management welcomed free-agent linebacker Dont'a Hightower into their building for an official visit on Sunday. In great need of a pass-rushing linebacker -- something the Jets have been missing since John Abraham skipped town, like, 12 years ago -- Gang Green broke out all the stops to impress Hightower on his 27th birthday.
Here's the lowdown, from ESPN's Adam Schefter:
This would be a cute story for Hightower to relay during an introductory press conference at One Jets Drive. But when Hightower leaves New Jersey without signing a deal, and when there's industry chatter that Hightower is simply using the Jets and other suitors for leverage before re-upping with New England, New York's efforts can come across as a bit, well, desperate.
Perhaps Hightower ends up signing with the Jets. Perhaps these courting flourishes will be cited difference-makers before Dont'a smiles for a round of photographs with Mike Maccagnan and Todd Bowles.
But here's something for the Jets to take from this if things don't work out: Why sign the contract when you get the cupcakes for free?