Taylor McCloud — Pats Militia
If you follow me on Twitter (If you don’t, it’s @tdmcld, I promise you won’t regret it), you know I’ve been pretty adamant about the Patriots re-signing Dont’a Hightower.
.@Patriots hey guys, just wondering — you gonna re-sign hightower & butler or? (asking for a friend)
— Taylor McCloud (@tdmcld) March 9, 2017
trust the hoodie trust the hoodie trust the hoodie JESUS CHRIST PAY DONT'A HIGHTOWER trust the hoodie trust the hoodie trust the hoodie
— Taylor McCloud (@tdmcld) March 9, 2017
.@Patriots hey! great job getting brandin cooks. now will you PLEASE re-sign dont'a hightower?
— Taylor McCloud (@tdmcld) March 11, 2017
— Taylor McCloud (@tdmcld) March 13, 2017
And based on a couple of reports, it looked like my wishes would be coming true.
With Dont'a Hightower there's a very strong perception among other teams he's going back to Pats for $10M/yr. The ties to NE run deep…
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 13, 2017
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 13, 2017
HOWEVER, Mother Nature just stepped in the box.
If you live in the Northeast, you know what I mean. Right now, we’re getting pounded with snow. Massachusetts is in a state of emergency and I’m sure other states are, too.
Unfortunately though, this goddamn snowstorm didn’t affect Hightower’s visit with the Steelers.
After visiting the NY Jets, Patriots free-agent LB Dont'a Hightower is scheduled to visit the Steelers, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 13, 2017
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 14, 2017
Patriots free-agent LB Dont'a Hightower did beat the snowstorm and make it to Pittsburgh. He's scheduled to meet with the Steelers today.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 14, 2017
You might think I’m crazy for thinking this snow will affect Hightower’s decision, but I’ve seen this movie before. A couple of years ago, when Golden Tate was between re-signing with the Seahawks and signing a new deal with the Lions, a snowstorm kept him in Detroit and the rest is history.
(via CBS Detroit)
Had it not been for a freak snowstorm in March of 2014, Golden Tate may never have signed with the Lions.
“I have thought about it and I don’t know, I just don’t know,” Tate said on Tuesday, reflecting on his free agent visit with the Lions that took place nearly three years ago. “I know I didn’t come in with the mentality that if I leave this building I’m never coming back — so maybe, maybe not.”
Fresh off a Super Bowl victory with the Seahawks, Tate flew into Detroit to meet with the Lions’ front office and coaching staff and spend time at their practice facility in Allen Park. He was supposed to leave the following day, but a late-winter snowstorm kept his flight back to Los Angeles on the ground.
“So I was stuck here,” he recalled, “which ended up being a blessing. It allowed time for my agency and the Ford family and whoever else to negotiate my contract and I ended up signing it.”
The delayed flight also allowed Tate to catch an afternoon snooze. Weary from his travels and waking up at 5 a.m. earlier that day, he sought out a cozy upstairs room at the Lions’ practice facility and rested his eyes while his agents went to work.
“I woke up a few times and checked my phone and saw that we had something in place,” Tate said, “and boom, here we are.”
Obviously the Hightower situation isn’t exactly the same as that of Golden Tate, but you can’t blame me for making the connection. If Zeus is stranded in Pittsburgh for an extended period of time, I’ll start to get nervous. The Rooney family is football royalty and I refuse to underestimate their ability to convince a guy to sign with the Steelers, especially if they have a ton of time to do it.
So, fuck snow and Dont’a — come home.
P.S. It’s a nine hour drive from where I am to Pittsburgh. If the Pats need to get Hightower out of there, I will drive a Volkswagen Golf all the way there and all the way back through this shitstorm just to make sure that happens. I’m dead serious.
UPDATE: DONT’A HIGHTOWER HAS LEFT THE BUILDING!
It appears as if Dont’a Hightower has left the Steelers facility.
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) March 14, 2017